Double Olympic Gold winner Mo Farah supports the Many Happy Returns campaign

Baku: One of the UK’s leading sporting heroes has expressed his support for the Many Happy Returns (MHR) campaign at, the European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) told APA.

This UK-based initiative is aimed at raising awareness of the ongoing plight of the estimated 1 million Azerbaijani internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees who are the victims of the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Mo Farah, who won gold in the 5000 and 10,000 metre events in the London 2012 Olympics said: “Refugees and IDPs deserve our help. I wish the MHR campaign success in helping them return to their homes.”

The title of the campaign is based on the English birthday greeting ‘Many Happy Returns’ which, in this case, also refers to the wish of the Azerbaijani IDPs and refugees to return to their rightful homeland. The website features photos of IDPs in just three of the camps spread across the 76 regions of Azerbaijan, taken by the respected German photographer Philipp Rathmer.

Despite a ceasefire being called 20 years ago, and four UN Security Council resolutions being passed against the illegal Armenian occupation, those whose land was seized remain unable to go home.

The MHR website also gives members of the public the opportunity to pledge their support for a campaign to redesignate ‘UN World Refugee Day’ as ‘World Refugee and IDP Day’.