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June 20, 2012
World Refugee Day, "Refugees have no choice. You do."

World Refugee Day, a day initiated by the United Nations to raise awareness on the plight of refugees worldwide, is observed on June 20 every year. This year, the theme is, "Refugees have no choice. You do."

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An Afghan refugee youth, center, pours water on himself to cool off, while other refugees are seen collecting water, on World Refugee Day, in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The Pakistani government and the United Nations refugee agency reached an agreement in March 2009 to allow some 1.7 million registered Afghan refugees living in Pakistan to continue sheltering there until at least 2012, thousands of them still live without electricity, running water and other basic services. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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An Afghan refugee woman walks at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration center on the outskirts of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, as they prepare to return to their home country after fleeing civil war and Taliban rule. AP / Rahmat Gul
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An Afghan man loads a water to truck at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration center on the outskirts of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, as they prepare to return to their home country. AP / Rahmat Gul
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Afghan refugees sit in the clinic at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration center on the outskirts of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Rahmat Gul
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An Afghan health worker gives a vaccination to a refugee child at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration center on the outskirts of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Rahmat Gul
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An Afghan teacher shows examples of bombs and mines to Afghan refugees at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration center on the outskirts of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Rahmat Gul
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An Afghan child stands outside his temporary tent at a refugee camp on June 20, 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Although 5.7 million Afghan refugees have returned home since 2002, Afghanistan is still the leading country of origin for asylum seekers according the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. ZUMA24.com / Ahmad Massoud
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Afghan refugees sit at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration center on the outskirts of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Rahmat Gul
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Afghan refugee youths are silhouetted against the sunset as they gather at a slum on World Refugee Day on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Anjum Naveed
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Afghan refugee girl Shaziyya Adil, 3, center, sits on a jerrycan, while she and other refugees collect water, on World Refugee Day, in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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Afghan refugee girl Waleemah Syed, 7, holds her brother Marvaiz, 1, by the doorway of their home, on World Refugee Day, in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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Afghan refugee girl Haleema Metawell, 6, looks at other children, not pictured, while standing by her home, on World Refugee Day, in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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An Afghan girl sits with her mother at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) registration center as they wait to return to Afghanistan on World Refugee Day on June 20, 2012 in Peshawar, Pakistan. The UNHCR plans to help in the voluntary repatriation of some 150,000 Afghan refugees from Pakistan this year, according to an official from the agency. ZUMA24.com / Umar Qayyum
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A young Rohingya Muslim boy sits at the entrance to his home at an unauthorized camp that houses Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled Myanmar during an ethnic strife in 1992, in Kutupalong, Bangladesh on World Refugee Day, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Saurabh Das
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Rohingya Muslims sit at the entrance to their home at an unauthorized camp that houses Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled Myanmar during an ethnic strife in 1992, in Kutupalong, Bangladesh on World Refugee Day, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Saurabh Das
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A Rohingya Muslim woman walks out of an unauthorized camp that houses Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled Myanmar during an ethnic strife in 1992, in Kutupalong, Bangladesh on World Refugee Day, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Saurabh Das
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A Rohingya Muslim girl sits at an unauthorized camp that houses Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled Myanmar during an ethnic strife in 1992, at Kutupalong, Bangladesh, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Saurabh Das
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A young Rohingya Muslim girl stands near the entrance to a registered camp run by the UNHCR for Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled Myanmar during an ethnic strife in 1992, in Kutupalong, Bangladesh on World Refugee Day, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Saurabh Das
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Rohingya Muslim children study at an unauthorized camp that houses Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled Myanmar during an ethnic strife in 1992, in Kutupalong, Bangladesh on World Refugee Day, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Saurabh Das
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Rohingya Muslim men sit in their home at an unauthorized camp that houses Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled Myanmar during an ethnic strife in 1992, in Kutupalong, Bangladesh on World Refugee Day, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Saurabh Das
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A Rohingya Muslim woman looks out from her home at an unauthorized camp that houses Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled Myanmar during an ethnic strife in 1992, in Kutupalong, Bangladesh on World Refugee Day, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Saurabh Das
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Rohingya Muslim women wait for food aid outside a UNHCR run camp for Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled Myanmar during an ethnic strife in 1992, in Kutupalong, Bangladesh on World Refugee Day, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Saurabh Das
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A Rohingya Muslim woman walks out of an unauthorized camp that houses Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled Myanmar during an ethnic strife in 1992, in Kutupalong, Bangladesh, on World Refugee Day, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Saurabh Das
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A Rohingya Muslim baby rests in a swing at an unauthorized camp that houses Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled Myanmar during an ethnic strife in 1992, in Kutupalong, Bangladesh, on World Refugee Day, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. AP / Saurabh Das
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Exile Tibetans play a game of carom at a small colony in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. World Refugee Day is observed on June 20. AP / Tsering Topgyal
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Tibetan women spin prayer wheels inside a Tibetan refugee camp, in Katmandu. Nepal on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. The camp, which houses around 350 Tibetans who have crossed the border into Nepal from Tibet, was set up in 1960 under the initiative of the International Red Cross and the Swiss Development Corporation. The camp's main objective is to enable the refugees with the necessary skills to support themselves and live productive lives. AP / Niranjan Shrestha
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Tibetan Tsering Dolma,54, who fled Tibet 26 years ago, works in the Tibetan Handicraft Center at a Tibetan refugee camp, in Katmandu. Nepal on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. AP / Niranjan Shrestha
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Tibetan Karma Choden,73, who fled from Tibet some 50 years ago, sits on the balcony of her home inside a Tibetan refugee camp, in Katmandu, Nepal on Sunday, June 17, 2012. AP / Niranjan Shrestha
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Chime, 72, works in the Tibetan Handicraft Center, at a Tibetan refugee camp, in Katmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. AP / Niranjan Shrestha
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Choe-den, 75 , who fled Tibet 35 years ago, works in the Tibetan Handicraft Center, at a Tibetan refugee camp, in Katmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. AP / Niranjan Shrestha
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Tibetan refugees cheer their team during a soccer match which was organized to mark the upcoming birthday of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama inside a Tibetan refugee camp, in Katmandu, Nepal on Monday, June 18, 2012. AP / Niranjan Shrestha
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Tsering Namgyal, 73, who fled from Tibet 51 years ago, works in the Tibetan Handicraft Center, at a Tibetan refugee camp, in Katmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. AP / Niranjan Shrestha
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Prakash Thakuri, who married a Tibetan woman, wheels his child inside a Tibetan refugee camp, in Katmandu, Nepal on Sunday, June 17, 2012. AP / Niranjan Shrestha
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Dhedoen, the oldest survivor at the camp is fed by a fellow refugee at a Tibetan refugee camp in Katmandu, Nepal on Sunday, June 17, 2012. AP / Niranjan Shrestha
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Sangmo, 50, combs a young girl's hair at a Tibetan refugee camp in Katmandu, Nepal on Sunday, June 17, 2012. AP / Niranjan Shrestha
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A Tibetan man holds an umbrella in the shape of Tibetan flag inside a Tibetan refugee camp, in Katmandu. Nepal on Monday, June 18, 2012. AP / Niranjan Shrestha

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