"I've met so many who have lost so much. But they never lose their dreams for their children or their desire to better our world. They ask for little in return - only our support in their time of greatest need." United Nations(UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres remarks on World Refugee Day, June 20.
That half of the world's 22.5 million refugees today are children, is preposterous and a damning reality of humanity's failing to provide peace and comfort to too many of Planet Earth's inhabitants.
Moreover, that the number of displaced people stands at 65.6 million as compared to 32.9 million in 2006, represents yet another failing of humankind to provide fair and equal safety and sovereignty to tens of millions of the world's people.
So, on this World Refugee Day, the global tone cannot be celebratory of the moment, but it must be solemn of the reality of suffering of so many people. Thus, on this day and hence forward, humanity should commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees, per UN guidelines. Humanity from Europe to the Americas and everywhere should show support to families forced to flee the security of their lands.
Furthermore, greater efforts should come from the stalwarts of democracy and of freedom toward ending major conflicts in Syria, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Yemen, in Ukraine, in South Sudan and in other places. Similar strides should also be taken to avert additional conflicts from breaking out.