MEDIA ADVISORY - World Vision Canada President available for media interviews from the World's Largest Refugee Settlement on World Refugee Day, June 20

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 16, 2017 /CNW/ - Thousands of unaccompanied and vulnerable children are among the nearly one million South Sudanese refugees who have made the dangerous, gruelling trek to Uganda. Every day, more and more women and children fleeing famine and unimaginable violence are arriving at Bidibidi, the world's largest refugee settlement. World Vision Canada President Michael Messenger is available for media interviews from the Bidibidi settlement on World Refugee Day, June 20 to discuss Canada's role in addressing the largest African exodus since the Rwandan genocide.

WHO: 

 World Vision Canada President, Michael Messenger


WHEN:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 (World Refugee Day) from 7am to 3pm ET


WHERE:

Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Uganda


HOW: 

Skype, Facetime or phone


WHAT:  

Michael Messenger is able to provide an eyewitness account of the thousands of unaccompanied children in urgent need of help in the world's largest refugee settlement


VISUALS:

Photos and b-roll of women and children refugees at Bidibidi camp available on request                 

 

FAST FACTS:

  • 900,000 South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, more than half of them are children
  • 270,000 refugees in Bidibidi settlement, the population of Windsor, Ontario
  • 84% of Bidibidi settlement are women and children
  • 65 million displaced people worldwide (UNHCR), double Canada's population
  • UN Refugee Response Plan only 15% funded

World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, World Vision is dedicated to working with the world's most vulnerable people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. Visit our News Centre at worldvision.ca

SOURCE World Vision Canada

For further information: Trisha Owens - 613-286-1559 or trisha_owens@worldvision.ca

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