Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 10:49 AM in Nineveh, Assyria
To know your past, is to know yourself.
As a native of Urmia and myself a refugee who has fallen into great trouble, I am writing a few short details about my unfortunate nation. For centuries as Christians, we have been crushed by the enemies that surround us. Our best looking girls have been forced to deny their creed; our men have been killed, our homes plundered, and our property has been robbed.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was
established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The
agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect
refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to
safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that
everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in
another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally
or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless
Since 1950, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart
their lives. Today, a staff of more than 9,300 people in 123 countries
continues to help and protect millions of refugees, returnees, internally
displaced and stateless people.