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

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 20, 2017 /CNW/ - Thousands of unaccompanied and vulnerable children are among the nearly one million South Sudanese refugees forced to make the dangerous, gruelling trek to Uganda. Every day, more and more women and children who are 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 today on World Refugee Day to discuss Canada's role in addressing the world's fastest growing refugee crisis.

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 South Sudanese refugees HERE


  • Nearly one million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, more than half are children
  • 270,000 refugees in Bidibidi settlement, the population of Windsor, Ontario
  • 86% of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda 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

SOURCE World Vision Canada

For further information: Trisha Owens - 613-286-1559 or


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