Refugee Week: Restoring Hope!

#‎RefugeeWeek‬ is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting ‪#‎refugees‬ & celebrate the ‪#‎positive‬ contributions made by refugees to Australian society.

In 2014, Refugee Week will be held from Sunday 15 June to Saturday 21 June. The theme for Refugee Week from 2012-2014 is‪#‎RestoringHope‬. The theme reminds us that, while a refugee’s journey begins with‪#‎danger‬, it also begins with ‪#‎hope‬.

Refugees flee their homelands not only because they ‪#‎fear‬ ‪#‎persecution‬, but also because they have hope: they hope to find ‪#‎freedom‬ from persecution, and ‪#‎safety‬ and ‪#‎security‬ for themselves and their‪#‎families‬; they hope to be given a chance to start a new life & recover from past trauma. The theme also calls attention to the role of countries which, through offering ‪#‎protection‬ to refugees & providing them an ‪#‎opportunity‬ to ‪#‎rebuild‬ their lives, restore hope for a future free from fear, persecution, ‪#‎violence‬ & insecurity.

The theme aims to highlight the situation for those who remain in seriously protracted situations, facing ongoing ‪#‎discrimination‬, #violence & uncertainty, with little hope for a resolution in the near future.

The theme calls on us to consider how we can provide solutions for these refugees & restore their hopes for a brighter future.  ‪#‎HappyRefugeeWeek‬ ‪#‎auspol‬

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