COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Tents are home for refugees, UN tells Glastonbury-goers

Campers roughing it at last weekend's Glastonbury Festival were reminded by UN workers that thousands of refugees around the world have no choice but to live in tents all the time.

UN Refugee Agency staff and volunteers gave away thousands of quizzes at the event, challenging festival-goers to guess the average number of campers per tent there compared with in a refugee camp, and the amount of clean water available to each camper. The campaign comes after a recent Mori poll revealed that many young people are more hostile towards refugees than the rest of the population.

"Many young people lack information about the facts behind the global refugee situation," said a spokesperson for the agency. "We hope that they will be encouraged to think more about those whose lives have been devastated as a result of conflict."

The festival's official charities this year were Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid.

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