World Refugee Day is June 20

War has forced millions of families to flee their homes

This is the most urgent story of our time

Bushra’s Story, Yemen

Life as a refugee was already tough for Bushra – but an accident when she was still an infant has meant that she is handicapped. But nothing seems to stop Bushra…

Andrew McConnell, Photojournalist

Photojournalist Andrew McConnell meets Lanier Lovely, a young woman who was displaced by the earthquake in Haiti…

Marina Lewycka’s Story, United Kingdom

British novelist Marina Lewycka was born in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany after World War II…

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Kelly’s Story, Colombia

After being displaced twice by internal conflict, Kelly still hopes for a brighter future…

Didier’s story, South Africa

Jalon Didier Bizimana (Age 23) Leaving my home country was the worst thing that could ever happen to me. I was only 14 years old when I separated with my parents…

Taher’s Story, Greece

43-year-old Taher from Afghanistan has not only made Greece his second homeland, he has also dedicated his life to preserving its cultural heritage

 I saw the fear in their eyes.

As a reporter, we want to share others’ stories and concerns with our readers, hoping to reach as many people as possible. We strive for balance and fairness, trying to portray all sides and give everyone a voice, which is sometimes difficult because one side may not want to speak up. But above all, we always collect the stories told to us – all of which touch us and stay with us.

Muhammad’s Story, Poland

Muhammad fled Afghanistan twice because of his religion. Now he started a new life in Poland and wants to be an economist.

Suhur Afrah: From Somalia to Djibouti to the Netherlands - A family Reunited

… I was born in Somalia and lived with my mother, father and 4 siblings. When I was 2 years old, militants had taken over the military…

Mohad’s Story, Poland

Mohad, a fisherman from Somalia had to wait for years before he could finally hug his family again in Poland.

Resettled refugee, Portland, Maine

Resettled refugee, Portland, Maine

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I'm no different to the people like me in Africa and I believe that they too can overcome their barriers and achieve their potentials if they are given the opportunity.

“Remarkably, the loss of a limb helped Dhuhulow, who came to Britain as a refugee, discover a talent for long-distance running”.

Ismail’s Story, Central African Republic

Ismail wrote a book about the history of Islam in Central African Republic to keep a record of his community’s contribution, he traveled to find a publisher…

We are like caged chickens.

We can’t even move within our country, from city to city. We are like caged chickens. So if someone says, “Who are the Rohingyas?” I say that we are like these chickens who can’t move and wait to be killed.

Fatma’s story, Slovenia

A Somali family could meet again after 3 long years of separation.

Alek Wek’s hope for her country

Supermodel Alek Wek was comforted by the strong stories of resilience, believing anything is possible…

Sebastian Rich, Photographer

Photographer Sebastian Rich reflects on his craft, and is glad to realize there are good people that do succeed in bringing happiness and a safe haven to refugees…

Those days were very tough yet were blessings too. Among all the privileges, the education opportunity was the best gift ever.

There was severe poverty, very casual medical support, extreme lack of sanitation, and lack of food which caused a lot of pain and suffering for many. Despite all of this, the place where I grew up and spent my entire childhood I will always treasure and cherish those memories in my heart.

Martin Mande: Journey of My life – DRC to South Africa

I was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a small village called Lulua, in the province of Kananga, right in the heart

Ahmed and Mohammed’s Story, Cyprus

Ahmed and Mohammed bare the hardships of being Syrian refugees in Cyprus together.

Poem by Deogratias, Tanzania

Deogratias is an orphan. He first lost his mother in 2009 and later in 2012 his father passed away. He wrote a heart moving poem saying no to violence.

Florence’s Story, Uganda

Florence was born to sing, now that she is in Uganda she is able to attend school and was given the opportunity to participate in drama class and use her talents.

Bahati’s ‘Ronaldo Deckey’ Story, Uganda

“I am still looking for a place where I will totally feel safe and it will help to forget.”

Anh-Dao Tran’s Story, Iceland

“My body is here but my soul is somewhere else. No more tears left to calm the numb feeling. Do I ever again get to see those whom I have been so close to all my life?”

Nadine’s Story, Central African Republic

Nadine fled to the Central African Republic to escape the conflict in Rwanda; she is now happily married and works as a teacher. She is gradually rebuilding her shattered life.

A stateless Rohingya boy’s quest for a better life

By the time he was found in a jungle in southern Thailand, this teenager was so weak he couldn’t even wave away the flies and mosquitoes that covered his body.

Mohamad’s Story, Bulgaria

Mohamad, a Palestinian refugee fled Syria with his family after their camp was destroyed. He lost his shop and house but he is grateful that they are safe and together in Bulgaria.

"The light at the end of the tunnel is what Guelor chooses to see."

Guelor is determined to find his brother, the only family he has left. He won’t give up until he is reunited with him and they can rebuild their lives together.

Abdirahman’s Story, Ethiopia

Abdirahman was born physically disabled, but this has never stopped him from trying to fulfill his dreams of one day becoming an inspiring minister.

1 family torn apart by war is too many

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