Let’s Act to Help Displaced Children on International Day of Peace
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) on the International Day of Peace today called for global peace and praised Kids Around the World founder Denny Johnson and Melissa Fleming of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for their work on behalf of children and refugees displaced by conflict. Ms. Fleming will appear at Rockford University forum tonight focused on how to rebuild after the devastation of war.
Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks:
I rise on the International Day of Peace to applaud the efforts of Connect2Peace, the Peace Coalition of the Rock River Valley, to draw attention to the plight of children and refugees whose lives have been forever disrupted by war.
Tonight, Rockford University and Connect2Peace will host a conversation on “How to Help Refugees Rebuild Their World” featuring Melissa Fleming of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
As chief spokesperson, Ms. Fleming speaks around the world on behalf of the more than 65 million vulnerable and voiceless people—half of which are children—who are displaced from their homes by war, conflict and persecution.
Helping refugees rebuild amid war and poverty is difficult and complicated.
But there is hope.
Groups like Kids Around the World in Rockford have stepped in to feed children and help them enjoy their disrupted childhoods through donated playground sets.
People like founder Denny Johnson and UNHCR’s Melissa Fleming work tirelessly to bring hope into seemingly hopeless situations.
As an executive committee member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, today I urge us to pray and act for peace in our world.