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World Refugee Day Postage Stamp from Korea

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The Korean Post has issued a stamp dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the World Refugee Day.

There are people who were forced to leave their homes because of the sudden outbreak of conflict or war, and those who fled their homeland fearing persecution for reasons including race, religion, ethnicity, political opinion, or membership to a particular social group. There are at present 34 million displaced people in the world who fled from violence and persecution in search of protection.

2010 is a significant year in that it marks the 10th anniversary of the UN-designated World Refugee Day. The 20th of June was celebrated as African Refugee Day since 1975 and has been designated as World Refugee Day starting from 2001 by the United Nations in December 2000. UNHCR, the UN specialized agency for refugees, is working in 117 countries, providing clean water, food, medicine, shelter, education and legal support. UNHCR helps protect the rights and welfare of refugees all over the world, and takes the lead in the international community's efforts to find durable solutions to the plight of refugees.

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