Sharjah: World leaders have been urged to escalate relief efforts to control the global refugee crisis, on the occasion of World Refugee Day on June 20.
Shaikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children and Chairperson of the Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), has strongly called on world leaders for action to restore peace and stability in countries and regions affected by war and unrest.
Shaikh Jawaher’s call aims to double-up global efforts to end the plight of refugees and associated humanitarian tragedies that threaten the future of younger generations.
She highlighted the unacceptable humanitarian conditions of refugees and internally displaced peoples (IDPs) against the backdrop of an alarmingly multiplying number fleeing their home countries in recent years. Shaikha Jawaher said the situation requires efforts stronger than ever before to reverse the situation and restore peace.
“This year, World Refugee Day coincides with the holy month of Ramadan, prompting us to take a moment to remember the courage and determination that millions of refugees worldwide show in their battle to overcome the ordeal of displacement from their homelands. They live in the hope that one day they will be able to rebuild peaceful futures for their children and their countries,” said Shaikha Jawaher.
She also underlined that international community’s contributions should not be limited to just relief aid and moral support, away from strategising on more practicable and effective solutions to end the plight of refugees.
“Our duty towards displaced people across the globe is exemplified in lending them a helping hand to heal their wounds, fulfil their needs and put a smile on their faces. We must all work sincerely to resolve this grave humanitarian crisis,” added Shaikha Jawaher.
Calling on media to take more real-life stories to their readers, Shaikha Jawaher highlighted the unthinkable suffering and sacrifices of refugees, especially women, children and the elderly. She said it is of utmost importance that the more fortunate experience their defiance, patience and hope through these stories, which will serve as an incentive for individuals and organisations to offer the much-needed support and aid these people require.
“The values of humanity and goodness deeply rooted in our society prompt us strongly to spare no efforts in doing whatever possible in creating a just and tolerant world, one that will guarantee a better future for all humanity. This is the best gift we can give to bring hope and joy back into their lives,” said Shaikha Jawaher.
She reiterated that she will continue to work within UNHCR and TBHF to bring relief to refugees, give them hope, and improve their living conditions.