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World Refugee Day 2020, an example from Nepal.

The world refugee day 2020 is different in contrast to previous years, as we all know the impact of COVID19. This year observations and celebrations will happen virtually, gatherings, and crowds are canceled, UNHCR launches world refugee day emoji created by Ivorian artist O'Plérou. I develop the conversation from here, from the emoji, which represents the frequent pain and issues of refugees worldwide. This emoji is a two-hand linked with a shape of heart, and this symbolizes the shared suffering of refugees and solidarity.

This global community celebrates this day (World Refugee Day) each year on 20th June. It depicts the courage and resilience of tens of millions of people forced to flee their homes due to war or prosecution or pandemic, as seen in this year of 2020.  Twitter will activate the 2020 World Refugee Day emoji with the hashtags #WorldRefugeeDay, #RefugeeDay, and #WithRefugees in 12 languages. The emoji is live until 23 June.

"This year we mark World Refugee Day in a very different world. The coronavirus pandemic that has changed our lives has also created solidarity that transcends borders.  In the time of COVID, we celebrate refugees on the front line fighting this pandemic, their hosts, and the aid workers supporting them. We have seen everyday heroes from all walks of life step up to join the front lines of this crisis.

This World Refugee Day join us in creating a more inclusive world where no one is left behind.  From the United Kingdom to Bangladesh, Jordan, and Kenya, refugees and their host communities were among the first to respond. We are stronger when we all act together. No matter who you are or where you come from, pandemic or not, everyone can make a difference. Every action counts." 

UNHCR: Central Asia

People living in small communities, tribes, or groups are now living in countries and borders within geographical lines. The first stage of their identity starts from the state. I am a citizen of a particular country. I am a citizen of a foreign country, etc.
 But some people have a country, but they are not allowed to live as citizens of that country for various reasons. Such people are called refugees when they have to move to another state or border. On 4th December, 2000, the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Declaration of Refugees, the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe Refugee Day internationally from 20th June, 2001. 

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has said many people had been displaced by the conflict and that such issues need to be addressed quickly. 

 The United Nations has been highlighting the right of refugees, like other people, to return to their homes as usual. That requires humanity, coexistence, diversity, and open hearts for refugees around the world.

 In the past few decades, Nepal has also exchanged shelter with Tibetan and Bhutanese refugees. Even though the country is small, the world has a lot to learn from the kindness shown by Nepal towards the refugees.

 Even now, there are around 20,000 Tibetan refugees in Nepal, including refugees from Somalia, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and other countries. The number of refugees from Bhutan in Nepal was over 48,000. Many have been resettled in third countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Although the number of refugees in Nepal has been increasing for more than six decades, Nepal has not yet signed the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. It has not been able to enact a national law to address refugees. Let's hope that on this day, the stakeholders will pay attention to this as well.

 It is a fact 1 in every 113 people in the world has to leave their homes as a refugee, so all of us need to pay attention to this issue. Let the notion of global brotherhood (Vasudaiva Kutumbakam) come to every country in the world and reduce the number of wars and natural disasters so that the refugee problem will be solved. Meaningful wishes

Suyog Dhakal

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Hamro Patro is one of the first Nepali app to include Nepali Patro, launched in 2010. We started with a Nepali Calendar mobile app to help Nepalese living abroad stay in touch with Nepalese festivals and important dates in Nepali calendar year. Later on, to cater to the people who couldn’t type in Nepali using fonts like Preeti, Ganesh and even Nepali Unicode, we built nepali mobile keyboard called Hamro Nepali keyboard.