U.N. shows photos for Refugee Day

A photo exhibition to mark World Refugee Day on June 20, organized by the Regional Office for Japan of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, will be held June 18 to July 14 in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo.

The exhibition, “A Place to Call Home: Rebuilding Lives in Safety and Dignity,” will be held at the U.N. Gallery on the first and second floors of the United Nations University Building weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery is closed Saturdays and Sundays.

About 100 photographs will be on display, including photos by Sanae Numata of Myanmarese refugees in Thailand. Photos of refugees in Afghanistan, Kosovo and parts of Africa will also be on display.

The first World Refugee Day was celebrated in 2001, the 50th anniversary of the 1951 U.N. Refugee Convention and the 20th anniversary of Japan signing the convention. It was previously celebrated as African Refugee Day.

An opening event will be held 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. June 18 in the gallery reception room on the second floor.

The event will include reports on three refugee situations: “Emergency in Chad-Sudan,” “The Situation in Afghanistan and UNHCR Activities” and “Myanmarese Camp in Thailand.”

The U.N. University is located across from Aoyama Gakuin University. It is an eight-minute walk from the east exit of JR Shibuya Station or five minutes from exit B2 of the Omotesando subway station.