UK Facebook and Twitter users are being urged to use their social media accounts to help raise awareness of World Refugee Day.
Organised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Refugee Day takes place on on June 20th and is an annual event highlighting the plight of those forcibly displaced from their homes due to persecution, violence and conflict.
Social media users are being encouraged to show their support by using Pinterest to post an image of the one item – be it essential, sentimental or personal – they’d be sure to take with them if forced to flee from their homes.
Supporters are also being encouraged to join UNHCR’s profile on crowd speaking platform Thunderclap and help raise awareness by sending time-delayed Facebook Posts and Tweet simultaneously to create a wave of attention.
The online campaign is being supported by media agency MEC Global Solutions who are helping to distribute a 30 second video in which Afghan-born American novelist Khaled Hosseini – author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns – explains how it takes just a minute for a family to lose their home and family.
In that same minute you can help UNHCR ensure it’s there to help provide support and shelter to affected families by making a one-off or recurring monthly donation to the UN Refugee Agency.
$20 allows the Agency to provides two families with jerry cans to transport clean water while $70 can provide kitchen sets allowing four families to cook for themselves.
At the end of the video please consider using your social media account to share its message with your followers and friends.