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…

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…

Naima Abdullahi’s Story, USA

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

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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…

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.

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.”

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…

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…

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…

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?”…

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…

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.’’

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…

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…

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….

Rajendra’s Story, Nepal

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

Chanyalew’s Story, Ethiopia

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

Francis’ Story, Central African Republic

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

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…

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…

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…

Keiko’s Story, Uganda

Whether you are a refugee or a humanitarian worker, home is a place where you can seek safety, comfort, love and support…

Martin’s Story from Mexico

Martin and other UNHCR representatives stayed with a Guatemalan refugee community threatened by the army, and saved their lives…

Abdulkhadir’s Story, Yemen

I was not the only one who was helpless and disabled, I thought about establishing an association that advocated for the needs of the disabled persons….

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. “

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…

Jallah’s Story, Tanzania

Relocating hundreds of anxious refugees still seems like yesterday. The relief on their faces, and their sudden change of mood, were incredible…

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…

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…

Shawn Baldwin, Photojournalist

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

Maker’s Story, Uganda

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

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…

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…

1 family torn apart by war is too many

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