June 20th is World Refugee Day.
Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their home country because of war, conflict or violence. Many have been treated unjustly because of their race, religion or beliefs. Most refugees cannot return to their country because it is unsafe, so they find freedom and a new home in another country – like New Zealand. World Refugee Day is a special day set aside every year to commemorate the courage and resilience of the millions of refugees throughout the world.
For more info and events, visit the World Refugee Day website; and check out some of the great books about refugees that we have in our collection: