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UNHCR Thailand to join global efforts on shelter for refugees on Sept 29

Bangkok, September 20, 2016 – The UN Refugee Agency is calling on the people of Thailand to join a global campaign to provide shelter to the world’s most needy refugees.
The “Nobody Left Outside” campaign was launched recently to provide adequate shelter to 2 million refugees in 12 countries around the world, including Jordan, Lebanon, Rwanda and Chad.

“Shelter is the foundation stone for refugees to survive and recover, and should be considered a non-negotiable human right,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

On Thursday September 29, UNHCR Thailand will join this global campaign to raise funds for refugee shelter with the support of Venerable V. Vajiramedhi, Channel 3 and property developer Sansiri PCL. Details of their support will be announced at this event. Over four days (September 29 to October 2) at Atrium 1, Siam Center, members of the public can also learn more about the importance of refugee shelter through a simulation exercise and other activities.

A shelter – be it a tent, a makeshift structure or a house – is the basic building block for refugees to survive and recover from the physical and mental effects of violence and persecution. Yet around the world, millions are struggling to get by in inadequate and often dangerous dwellings, barely able to pay the rent, and putting their lives, dignity and futures at risk. Through the campaign, please join us to help them until no refugee is left outside.

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