The Mole Antonelliana lit up for Christmas in Turin | Photo: ANSA/Alessandro di Marco
The Mole Antonelliana lit up for Christmas in Turin | Photo: ANSA/Alessandro di Marco

Monuments in Bologna, Florence, Naples and Turin will be lit up with the UNHCR logo for World Refugee Day on June 20.

Four Italian cities -- Bologna, Florence, Naples and Turin -- will mark World Refugee Day this year by lighting up city monuments with the UNHCR logo. The annual event, founded by the UN, aims to raise awareness of the situation of the millions of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people worldwide. 

On the night of June 20, UNHCR reports, Porta San Niccolò in Bologna, Palazzo del Podestà in Firenze, Maschio Angioino in Naples and Mole Antonelliana in Turin will be lit up in blue, in solidarity with people who have been forced to flee wars and persecution to seek safety in another country. 

'Beautiful show of solidarity' 

''The fact that four cities wanted to light up their monuments for World Refugee Day is a beautiful show of solidarity at a time when the language of hate and discrimination against refugees and migrants seems to get the upper hand on a daily basis,'' said Carlotta Sami, UNHCR spokesperson for Southern Europe for UNHCR. 

''Large and small cities are on the frontline in the reception and integration of those forced to flee wars, violence and persecution, and who seek protection and a better future in our country.'' 

Three cities signed up for #WithRefugees 

Bologna, Naples and Turin have also signed up for Cities #WithRefugees, a campaign launched by the UNHCR to invite local authorities across the world to sign a declaration of solidarity with refugees. Five other Italian cities have also joined: Alba, Bergamo, Lucca, Milan and Palermo. 

The lighting of the monuments is part of a program of activities and events organized by the Italian branch of UNHCR. The events are intended to bring visibility to expressions of solidarity with refugees, as well as to give a voice to refugees themselves and to bring together local communities with refugees and asylum seekers.

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