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UNHCR Photo Exhibition

Held from now through May 13 (Friday), 2011 at the Aoyama Gakuin Women’s Junior College, the UNHCR Photo Exhibition introduces the activities of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the current situations surrounding refugees to mark the World Refugee Day (June 20).

Established in 1950, UNHCR is an organization of the United Nations whose purpose is to protect and support the livelihood of the refugees around the world, who are persecuted because of their race, religion, political beliefs, and such, or who are forced to leave their home due to civil wars and conflicts. The agency’s main activities include emergency support by supplying food, water, shelter, and other living necessities to those who have fled with no means of livelihood. The agency also provides a long-term assistance to help the refugees establish independent living, return home, or find permanent homes in other countries.

As of 2009, UNHCR estimates the number of refugees needing its support at about 36.5 million people around the world. In addition to refugees who have crossed national borders to evacuate to safer countries, the number of internally-displaced people who are living as evacuees within their home country is also increasing. The photo exhibition reminds its viewers that at different places on the same earth there are so many people who are forced to leave their home to suffer in an unsafe, unsettled life. Visit the exhibition and learn more about the situations by which those global refugees are surrounded.

UNHCR Photo Exhibition
■ Date: Now Through May 13( Fri.),2011
■ Time: 10:00 - 17:00 (Mon. - Fri.) / 10:00 - 15:00 (Sat.)
 *Closed on Sundays
■ Venue: Aoyama Gakuin Women’s Junior College Gallery (1st floor of the north building)
■ Admission: Free

 ● Visit the following websites for information about UNHCR
·UNHCR The UN Refugee Agency
·Japan for UNHCR