UN Op-Ed

The United Nations "TOGETHER" Campaign Aiming to Bring Unity- by Sahar Idriss and Aziza Khalil (Haigazian University)
Haigazian University representatives Sarah Idriss and Aziza Khalil had the pleasure of attending a briefing at the UN house about a global campaign called TOGETHER.

Maryam G. Sleiman, the Public Information Assistant at United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) welcomed representatives from several universities around the country.

The briefing was given by Jessy Chahine, the Media Officer at the Regional Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the Middle East and North Africa.

TOGETHER aims to change the negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and immigrants. It aims to help diminish the myths about refugees and replace them with facts and help form connections between the immigrants and host community. Since 2013 there have been more than 42500 people that have become refugees and shockingly more than half of those are children.

Host communities often have preconceived negative attitudes towards refugees however it is our duty as humans to give them hope and help them settle. Refugees are fleeing prosecution and war and need a place they feel safe and secure in. As Jessy Chahine stated, "The narrative of violence increases with discrimination" and therefore we ought to help turn their fear into hope rather than discriminate against them.

TOGETHER helps bridge the 2 communities or cultures in a peaceful manner.

Visit www.together.un.org for more information and ways to contribute. Everyone can play a part in decreasing discrimination, promoting diversity and helping refugees feel at home.

Sarah Idriss & Aziza Khalil

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