People run, walk to commemorate World Refugee Day

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People from across the District of Columbia participated in a special run to mark World Refugee Day.

More than 200 people gathered at sunset in Washington, D.C. for run for refugees on June 20th.

It’s a yearly event that commemorates World Refugee Day. Participants ran for 3 miles and also walked for 1.75 from George Washington University to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

Participants, many of them refugees themselves, also took part in an evening vigil, or “caravan of light and hope,” to honor refugees.

World Refugee Day was created by the United Nations in 2000 to raise awareness of those displaced and the daily challenges they face.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, there are currently 68.5 million people in the world who have been displaced from their homes. Of that total, nearly 25.4 million are refugees in foreign lands, and over half of those are under the age of 18, the U.N. said.