OTTAWA, June 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) is launching in Ottawa a public campaign to raise
awareness of the life and death decisions that millions of refugees and
displaced people confront in their lives when conflict erupts.
Built around the dilemma scenario "Stay and risk your lives in the
conflict? Flee and risk kidnap, rape, torture or worse?" UNHCR hopes
to engage the public in the National Capital Region and challenge their
thinking, allowing them to step back and for a moment, consider the
decision making process forced upon those who are fleeing for their
"We want to compel Canadians to contemplate these same decisions and to
put themselves in refugees' shoes, said Mr. Furio De Angelis, UNHCR
Representative in Canada.
The campaign is part of a UNHCR global awareness campaign to mark World
Refugee Day 20 June this year. An estimated 325 buses across the
National Capital Region are expected to carry the interior bus advert
from 4 June to 1 July 2012.
ABOUT UNHCR and World Refugee Day:
UNHCR is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action for the
worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. The UN Refugee Agency, which has won two Nobel Peace
Prizes, was established by the UN General Assembly in 1950 and has
helped more than 50 million people over the past six decades.
On December 4, 2000, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously
adopted a resolution naming 20 June every year as World Refugee Day to
reaffirm the values and collective efforts of all concerned groups for
the protection of the world's refugees and extend to them
encouragement, support and respect.
Image with caption: "UNHCR Launches the "Dilemma Campaign" on OC Transpo Transit System (CNW Group/UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120604_C5404_PHOTO_EN_14567.jpg
SOURCE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES
For further information:
Gisèle Nyembwe, Public Information Associate, UNHCR Canada
Tel: (613) 986-4300 or 613-232-0909, extension 225