For this years World Refugee Day on June 20th UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador actress Angelina Jolie recorded a public service
announcement (PSA) to draw attention to the plight of the millions of people who have been forced to flee their homes because of war or persecution.
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JUNE 20, 2009: World Refugee Day 2009
"Real People, Real Needs" - refugees are individuals with real needs, just like you and me."
For the more than 34 million people of concern to UNHCR, a shortage or lack of the essentials of life - clean water, food, sanitation, shelter, health care and protection from violence and abuse - means that every day can be a struggle just to survive.
Real People, Real Needs
This year, with the world economic crisis threatening to slash aid budgets and amid enormous global uncertainty, we need to ensure refugees are not forgotten. That's why the theme for this year's World Refugee Day on June 20 is "Real People, Real Needs."
Of the millions of people forcibly displaced by conflict, persecution and natural disasters, every one has a story to tell; they are real people, just like you and me, and they have real needs. But, despite the best efforts of UNHCR and many others, many of these basic needs are far from being met.
A comprehensive assessment of the needs of refugees and other people cared for by the UN refugee agency revealed that 30 percent were unmet - a third of them in basic and essential services. Improvements in nutrition and water supplies, access to primary health care, strengthened child protection programmes, better protection for women from sexual violence and abuse, and improvements in living conditions and sanitation facilities are just some of the needs that are not being met worldwide.