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Live Blog: World Refugee Day gets underway amid record displacement

The UN Refugee Agency
20 Jun 2019, 04:57 GMT+10

GENEVA - From dance parties to food festivals and urban hikes, millions of people around the world are taking part in events to celebrate World Refugee Day at a time when the number of children, women and men uprooted by wars and persecution has broken all records.

The event, held on 20 June each year, honours the courage and determination of those who have been forced to flee their homes. This year, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is asking people from all walks of life to join the #StepWIthRefugees global challenge in solidarity with refugees who each year trek 1 billion miles to reach the nearest point of safety.

Check back here throughout the day for updates.

Sydney, Australia

Refugees and local residents braved showers to walk Sydney's famous harbour. The urban hike contributed an estimated 1 million paces to the #StepWithRefugees campaign.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Bhutanese refugees and their Nepalese hosts danced to a fusion beat in Nepal. For decades, the mountain nation has been a generous host to refugees, particularly to the over 100,000 refugees from Bhutan, 90 per cent of whom have now been resettled to third countries.

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Rome, Italy

Diners relax on the terrace at Caffè Nemorense during a #WRD food festival in Rome. The +Gusto event, organized by UNHCR and its partners, gave refugee chefs and waiters from 11 Italian restaurants the chance to showcase recipes from all over the world.

Berlin, Germany

A delegation of refugee students take part in the #StepWithRefugees challenge in Berlin ahead of World Refugee Day, contributing over 350,000 steps to the global campaign.

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