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

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…

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Kat Graham tells Ibrahim's story

Kat Graham tells Ibrahim's story

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Mwavita’s Story, Tanzania

“I would love to return to Congo one day to reclaim my house and find the bodies of my children and their father when the war is over.”

Asadullah’s story, Slovakia

Asadullah’s family found refuge in a new country. He has just finished a cooking course and hopes to find a job soon.

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…

Henning Mankell tells Liberata’s Story

Liberata fled her village, and in the panic, was separated from her son. Henning Mankell visits them reunited…

Hamid’s Story, Greece

“I was just 17 when I came once more close to dying, this time in my attempt to cross to Samos on a boat from Turkey, along with four more Afghans…”

Kate Stricklan, Volunteer

Time and time again, I learned of parents protecting their children to the death, offering themselves up so that their sons and daughters might escape the terrorist’s grasp.

Khaled Hosseini’s most precious possession

Acclaimed Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini knows what it’s like to be a refugee…

Mildred Ouma’s Story, South Sudan

Aid worker Mildred rescued a pregnant woman, an act of kindness that created a bond between Mildred and the woman that she assisted when death was surely knocking at the door.

Steven’s Story, United States

In 2008, my family and I ran away from my country because of religious issues. From there, l started the kind of life that I have right now.

John’s Story, Uganda

John is chairman of the Computer Technology Access centre, which he has seen grow from an idea into a reality and a self-sustaining, income generating business.

Carol’s Story, Central African Republic

Carol believes the only way sustainable peace can be reached is if all parties involved admit their wrong-doings and reconcile their differences.

 I am proud to live in a free country, and strive to welcome people from any background, to allow them the freedoms and self-actualisation we allow ourselves to have.

“In North Korea, I lived for Kim Jong Il. In England I live for myself”. This is a statement made by a student I was teaching English to, whilst training and developing myself as an English teacher.

Guliver’s Story, Georgia

Although Guliver has been displaced for so many years, he longs to build a house for his family and be able to call it home.

Tibo Rogers, Australia for UNHCR Frontliner and former refugee

Tibo Rogers, Australia for UNHCR Frontliner and former refugee shares his courageous and inspiring story.

Andrew McConnell, Photojournalist

Photojournalist Andrew McConnell meets Minatu Lanadas Suidat, a young journalist who was born in a refugee camp…

Lejla’s Story, Montenegro

Lejla Emini is from Konik Camp in Montenegro. She discusses the hardest situation she had to face being a refugee…

Carmen Palencia: Land Rights Activist in Colombia

“I’ve been offered asylum in several countries but I won’t go. Colombia is my home. I’ve given my life to defending our rights and fighting against inequality. I’ve made a moral and ethical commitment to my country,” Palencia said.

Yves’ Story, Uganda

Yves was 15 when he fled DRC; he has bad memories, but now he is happy because there is peace in the camp in Uganda. He even wants to become a doctor to help other people.

Khaled Hosseini tells Alan’s Story

Khaled Hosseini visits Syrian refugee and straight A student Alan in Darashakran camp in Iraq; Alan dreams of being a doctor…

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.

Aliaa Hamed, Journalist

“Before I left El Bekaa, I hugged Rawaa tightly and even thought of taking her with me so I could protect her from the unknown that she will be facing.”

1 family torn apart by war is too many

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