A Quote To Share Every Waking Hour Of World Refugee Day

Share these heart-grabbing quotes with your friends and family on World Refugee Day. Because you believe everyone should have a safe place to live + start anew.


Here is one quote for you to share for every waking hour on June 20. World Refugee Day is observed on this day every year to raise awareness of the plight of millions of people who are forced to leave their homes because of violence, war, and persecution. Together, we’ll be closer to a world where every refugee has a safe place to live and is able to start anew, free from the threat of violence. Ready, set, go:

Hour 1

“To be called a refugee is the opposite of an insult; it is a badge of strength, courage, and victory.”

— Tennessee Office for Refugees


Hour 2

“No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”

— Warsan Shire


Hour 3

“A refugee is someone who survived and who can create the future.”

– Amela Koluder


Hour 4

“Refugees are not terrorists. They are often the first victims of terrorism.”

— António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres


Hour 5

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

— Albert Einstein


Hour 6

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

— Emma Lazarus


Hour 7

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Hour 8

“Refugees didn’t just escape a place. They had to escape a thousand memories until they’d put enough time and distance between them and their misery to wake to a better day.”

— Nadia Hashimi


Hour 9

“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.”

— Warsan Shire


Hour 10

“Refugees are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, with the same hopes and ambitions as us—except that a twist of fate has bound their lives to a global refugee crisis on an unprecedented scale.”

— Khaled Hosseini


Hour 11

“We have a legal and moral obligation to protect people fleeing bombs, bullets and tyrants, and throughout history those people have enriched our society.”

—Juliet Stevenson


Hour 12

“It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks.”

— Dina Nayeri


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Featured Photo: Rescue Displaced Families in South Sudan by World Concern



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