World Refugee Day – 20 June 2016

Refugees and Forcibly Displaced Persons

Every minute, eight people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror.

This year, engage with the refugees around you.  As Red Deer expands it’s refugee population, largely due to the Syrian crisis, there are numerous opportunities to be welcoming and inclusive to them. Here is how you can make your first step:

You are invited to attend this FREE World Refugee Day Movie and Speaker Event to be held on World Refugee Day, June 20th, at the Carnival Cinemas, 5420 47 Street, Red Deer.

Doors open at 6pm. “Ladder of my Life” at 6.30pm, “Salam Neighbor” at 7.15pm.

Following the movies, there will be speakers from Red Deer Empathy to Action, CARE and CSS who will give some insight into their involvement in the refugee community of Red Deer.

Tells the true story of Monybany Minyang Dau, from Red Deer, who survived the war in Sudan, enlisted as a child soldier, lived in a refugee camp in Ethiopia and was shipped to Cuba as a “Lost Boy”.

Two Americans head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 85,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan’s Za’atari camp. For the first time ever, the UN allowed these two film makers to film inside a refugee camp.

Co-hosted by CARE (Central Alberta Refugee Effort), CSS (Catholic Social Services, Settlement), Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, Red Deer Empathy to Action, and Carnival Cinemas.

Admission is FREE. Donations to the causes “Red Deer Empathy to Action” and “Water for Atar”, gratefully received.


There are several types of forcibly displaced persons.

  • Refugee: someone who fled his or her home and country owing to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”, according to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention.
  • Asylum seeker: say they are refugees and have fled their homes as refugees do, but their claim to refugee status is not yet definitively evaluated in the country to which they fled.
  • Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs): people who have not crossed an international border but have moved to a different region than the one they call home within their own country.
  • Stateless persons: do not have a recognized nationality and do not belong to any country; these situations are usually caused by discrimination against certain groups within a country.
  • Returnees: are former refugees who return to their own countries or regions of origin after time in exile.

Source: Protecting Refugees and the Role of UNHCR (September 2012)

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