World Humanitarian Day is August 19th

War has forced millions of families to flee their homes

This is the most urgent story of our time

Francis’ Story, Central African Republic

I’ll never forget the time when I was involved in a hostage situation, together with other humanitarian workers. …

Bathoul’s Story, Lebanon

As a sister to two younger brothers I could almost hear my heart break. I couldn’t imagine my little brother going through life without dreams…

Clara’s Story, Venezuela

In the daily work with refugees, I have the opportunity to see how they strive for a better future, despite all they have suffered…

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Willy’s Story, Central African Republic

Once, a woman came to see me in tears. We talked for a very long time and she left without asking for anything. I had helped her just by being there and listening…

Kathryn’s Story, South Sudan

The challenge is not to get overwhelmed by helplessness and preoccupied with statistics, but rather to recall and serve the human faces behind the figures…

Chanyalew’s Story, Ethiopia

…but then, I pause and ponder and say to myself, ‘if the refugees do not lose hope, how can I?’

Naima Abdullahi’s Story, USA

Naima’s uncle was murdered in Ethiopia, her parents fled to Kenya as political refugees…

Rajendra’s Story, Nepal

Although I am not directly involved in the resettlement process, my involvement with UNHCR makes me proud.

Shamim’s Story, Kenya

Being a woman in this job is not easy. People often ask me: “You are 25 years old. Why are you not married?”…

Kwa Kyi’s Story, Thailand

Kwa Kyi became a landmine victim in 1986, but has since dedicated himself to advocating for those with disabilities and who have suffered a similar fate.

Suzan’s Story, Iraq

Susan, a Syrian refugee, is a Community Hygiene Promoter in the camp in Iraq. She met her fiance through her job and today they are getting married.

Urmila’s Story, Nepal

When I see these women raise their voices, move their feet and empower others to create change, I feel proud of my work…

Florent’s Story, Burundi

“A refugee status is not eternal. It can cease at some point. When it does, you can return to your country and rebuild your life.”

Jean-Claude’s Story, Central African Republic

The personal satisfaction in this work can be significant and it pushes you to engage in even greater efforts…

Constantine’s Story, Tanzania

The Rwanda genocide drove my passion to work for refugees, I was deeply affected by seeing tens of thousands of dead bodies floating in the Kagera River…

Balazs’ Story, Bangladesh

“The most rewarding is the smile of the children we teach, the grateful look of the hungry we feed, the blessing of the sick or elderly we attend to…”

Peter’s Story, Kenya

“Every step of my journey was made possible by people’s humanity. If it wasn’t for their kindness, I would have lost my mind. “

Fadala’s Story, Algeria

Fadala’s dream is to work as a journalist, to be able to convey the difficult life conditions her people are going through…

Maria’s Story, Ecuador

I was witness to a generosity that does not limit itself to material goods…

Nirmal’s Story, Nepal

Whenever I support and assist those in need it gives great satisfaction that can help me to compromise with the situation of being away from my own family…

Carlos’ Story, Colombia

Carlos, who was himself a victim of forced displacement in his youth, enjoys working with and assisting the community, especially the children….

Vrouyr’s Story, Armenia

Vrouyr likes the quote by Einstein: ‘’The Bundle of belongings isn’t the only thing a refugee brings to his new country.’’

Sebastian’s Story, Morocco

Sebastian tries to promote diversity in his business to give each individual the same chance he had to grow and flourish into the person they are meant to be.

Sushil’s Story, Nepal

Contributing to the refugees’ understanding of the laws, and enabling them to seek a better future through resettlement gives me a great sense of accomplishment…

Mildred Ouma’s Story, South Sudan

Mildred has witnessed unimaginable suffering since South Sudan’s war spread to that part of the country…

Nathalie’s Story, Central African Republic

The most rewarding part is that I help others endure their suffering and achieve something that they couldn’t before.

Duniya’s Story, Pakistan

“Every day I go home, I thank God for giving me the opportunity to help others.” But the work can be professionally and personally challenging….

Francesco’s Story, Central African Republic

At times, it may also be frustrating, …, but in principle we can make a difference….

Cristina’s Story, Iraq

The father of one of the refugee families decided that another volunteer and I would not be without a family in Iraq, so he appointed us as his sisters…

Maker’s Story, Uganda

“I am proud to be working for UNHCR today, because I can relate to refugees.”

Marie Jones’ Story, Ghana

The moment that she saw the structure, she knelt down in tears, thanking God. It was so moving that all of us present wept with her.

Matabaro’s Story, Uganda

He grew up with an abusive father and was forced to change his name out of fear, but now he works as a social worker helping and supporting others…

Henok’s Story, Kenya

I remember well the 2011 emergency. Due to drought, famine and conflict in Somalia we were receiving 1,500 – 2,600 refugees daily…

1 family torn apart by war is too many

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