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

Marzia’s Story, Central African Republic

Marzia considers a letter from a refugee as one of the most rewarding moments in her work…

Shawn Baldwin, Photojournalist

Photojournalist Shawn Baldwin met Syrian refugee and UNHCR volunteer Loula Al Hamoud in Chekka, Lebanon…

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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Rebecca’s Story, Ghana

He broke down when telling that, during the flight, he lost his wife and newborn baby. That evening, 54 people arrived – all with a different story to tell…

Susan’s Story, Tanzania

When the support I provide helps a single mother, who lost her husband, find a durable solution that restores her hope, it’s something I am proud of…

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….

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?”…

Francesco’s Story, Central African Republic

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

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…

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…

Andrea’s Story, Ecuador

When I met them, I realized that dreams do come true when you fight and persevere…

Maria’s Story, Ecuador

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

Mildred Ouma’s Story, South Sudan

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

Francis’ Story, Central African Republic

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

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…

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…

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…

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. “

I Ne Meh’s Story, Thailand

I Ne Meh, refugee from Myanmar, is now a Child Protection Monitor helping to protect at risk Karen children in Thailand…

Purushottam’s Story, Nepal

The work is challenging, but the smiles on the faces of the children motivate and inspire me to face any challenge and bring happiness to these children…

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.”

Francis’ Story, Philippines

I feel that it is our mission to give hope to those, whose lives were entirely changed by the tragedy of Haiyan…

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…

Celine’s Story, Cameroon

One of the reasons I became an aid worker is a bit sentimental. As a child, my grandfathers used to tell me stories of WWII, how they suffered and how they were helped…

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.

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…

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…

Jenry’s Story, Philippines

While he would sometimes steal the spotlight through his jokes, he is also a leader who steps aside so that the community would realize their capacities and potential…

Sangita’s Story, Nepal

The job is quite challenging but when I do my best for the refugee children, I make a big difference in their life…

Nergis’ Story, Pakistan

“Helping people and bringing happiness back into broken lives is like an addiction…..you do it once, and then keep going for the rest of your life”

Rajendra’s Story, Nepal

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

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….

1 family torn apart by war is too many

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