Wikimedia Community Ireland stands in solidarity with people forced to flee their homes for #WorldRefugeeDay. 

This year, World Refugee Day emphasises solidarity with refugees, advocating for a world that welcomes them wholeheartedly. Refugees need our support now more than ever. Solidarity involves keeping our doors open, celebrating their strengths and achievements, and acknowledging the challenges they face.

Supporting those forced to flee also means seeking solutions to their struggles: ending conflicts so they can return home safely, ensuring they have opportunities to thrive in welcoming communities, and providing countries with the necessary resources to include and support refugees.

World Refugee Day is an international day organised every year on 20 June by the United Nations. It is designed to celebrate and honour refugees from around the world. The day was first established on 20 June 2001, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

The event aims to recognise the strength of the refugees who have fled the conflict and persecution of their country in hope of finding sanctuary and living a better life.World Refugee Day builds the concept of understanding for their plight which shows one’s resilience and courage in the rebuilding of their future.

You can read more about World Refugee Day on Wikipedia.

Image from UNHCR to celebrate World Refugee Day 2024

Inspiring Work by Wikimedia Uganda and their Wiki for Refugees Initiative

We also want to celebrate the initiative led by our colleagues at Wikimedia Uganda in collaboration with Refugees based in Uganda in creating and co-creating essential content on Wikipedia through #WikiForRefugees

This innovative project is an Editathon led by Platform Africa and the Wikimedia User Group in Uganda aimed at gathering diverse stakeholders from Refugee Settlements in Uganda to co-create and collectively improve information about Refugee Settlements on Wikipedia, the world’s largest collaborative knowledge base. Participants receive training on key Wikipedia skills,in order to improve articles and create new entries about critical topics, underrepresented groups, initiatives and putting up-to-date figures about refugees. 

The project also sees participants create content to upload on Wikimedia Commons such as videos, audio and videos to document the life of refugees in Uganda. 

You can find out more about the initiative here.

The Rhino Refugee Settlement where the Wiki for Refugees Intiative took place by Edezu Solomon, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

We are highlighting this project to celebrate the work of fellow Wikimedians as it demonstrates the power of knowledge and inspires innovative ways we can collaborate through Wikimedia Projects. 

Image taken at Rhino Refugee Camp in Uganda, By Edezu Solomon – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=87397445

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