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World Refugee Day - a time to remember

Posted by Suzanne Rodrigues Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team

20th Jun 2013

World Refugee Day (20 June) is especially poignant this year, as we stop to remember the victims of the escalating Syria Crisis: now more than 1.6 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, and millions more displaced by conflict within Syria itself.

We're marking the occasion with a gallery of extraordinary images from the Oxfam archive showing our decades-long work with refugees in the Middle East, brand new video footage from Zaatari camp in Jordan, and an exciting partnership with Spotify using music to raise awareness of our current response to the Syria Crisis.

Photos from our archive

Oxfam's Amy Christian has written a blog about a collection of Middle East photos we recently found in the Oxfam archive. 

Taken in the 1950s and 1960s they show how Oxfam was supporting refugees all those years ago, which is something to remember as we continue to support those caught up in today's Syria crisis. 

Make sure you read Amy's blog to get the story behind the images, and see the full gallery of images here. Amy will be writing more for the blog in the coming weeks so look out for that too. 


We've teamed up with Spotify to give you access to a series of playlists chosen by some of the biggest names in the music business. They've all chipped in to show their support for our Love Syria campaign - and with today being World Refugee Day, it's the perfect time to launch it. 

Bookmark our blog about the Spotify partnership at the link above and make sure you keep coming back for more - we'll be releasing one or two new playlists each day so don't miss out. 

Supporting refugees through music

And finally, a video from the field in recent days. As well as meeting basic needs such as food, water, sanitation, and shelter, Oxfam is helping refugees in Jordan cope psychologically. We've made a film about the experiences of a men's music group we're supporting through a partner in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. You can watch it on our YouTube channel

Blog post written by Suzanne Rodrigues

Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team

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