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You & your family have just 1 minute to flee…What would you take?

This is the idea behind a great new UNHCR campaign to mark World Refugee Day 2013.

The theme of World Refugee Day 2013 is the impact of war on family, and the key message is ’1 family torn apart by war is too many’. Visit their campaign page.

UNHCR has created a photo gallery, where Photojournalist Brian Sokol asked several refugees in South Sudan to show him the most important item they brought with them. See his photo essays to find out what they chose.

I encourage you to spend some time there and read some stories.

the-most-important-thing1Immigrant Women Services Ottawa is putting a call out in Ottawa (and possibly Toronto, stay tuned) for the general public and refugee-serving agencies to tell. They’ll photograph and write your story.

From their site:

“As part of this global campaign, ‘The Most Important Thing’ is a photo project that seeks to tell stories of families forced to flee by war by focusing on what they took, and how they survived. It also strives to compel the public to think about what they would do if they had to make this decision. Images resulting from this project will be uploaded to Pinterest and shared on other social media networks so as to generate a public debate…

For general public:

You have one minute to leave everything behind and save yourself and your family. Yet, you look back and feel that you should take that `one important thing` with you. What will your hands reach out for? Become a refugee for a minute. Help us share your story with the world.

For service providers working with refugees:

You are passionate about helping out the refugees who seek assistance through your agency. You have heard their stories, their struggles and their successes as they left everything behind to settle in a new place, with new people. Help us share these amazing stories with the world.”

Interested? Download their information and consent form (PDF).

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Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

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