When Hawa was a child, her father was murdered by rebels and her mother was kidnapped. As she grew older, Hawa was put in jail due to her father’s political activism and raped.
When she was released, she faced a dilemma: Stay in Ethiopia where she will surely die, or flee to Kenya, where she could provide a better future for her child?
What would you do?
No one chooses to be a refugee.
You can help: Raise awareness and support for refugees on June 20th, World Refugee Day.
There are many ways you can get involved and spread the word about refugees on World Refugee Day (June 20) and beyond. Choose the ones that are right for you!
- Take the pledge and stand with Angelina Jolie to support refugees.
- Attend one of many World Refugee Day events taking place across the country.
- Update your Facebook cover photo on June 20 – World Refugee Day.
- Update your Twitter profile image on June 20 – World Refugee Day.
- Participate in our #WorldRefugeeDay Tweetathon.
- Wear your Blue Key to show your support.
Please note, any orders placed after June 12th will not arrive until after World Refugee Day.
- Download the template (PDF) to print your own Blue Key Stickers at home, using label sheets compatible with Avery 5160 (found in most office supply stores.) Wear them on June 20 to spread the message about World Refugee Day!
- Donate generously to USA for UNHCR to help care for millions of refugees.
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