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War has forced millions of families to flee their homes

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Linda Summanen, 30, volunteer in Finnish Refugee Council, social scientist

Most traumatic stories for me were of human smuggling: how people are forced to collect the money for smuggling from nothing and how they have to hide for long periods of time hiding in under underneath trucks travelling through Europe.

Magul’s Story, Afghanistan

Magul returned to her country, Afghanistan and is now the head of the women’s shura, a group trying to find solutions to problems women have.

Aspalynna Mohd Aripin, Volunteer

Most of the [refugee] children who received a McDonalds Happy Meal decided to not eat their meal but wanted to take it home to share it with their family.

This silly baby, this sticky, sweaty, sick human humming and sucking on her fingers is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

It is as if I can hear this 1-year-old child’s thoughts: “I was named after a ‘Mzungu‘, a white person? This is Aimee?” When she sees my white skin, she presses her fat face into her mother’s breasts and shakes her head. She hides and waits. But I do not go away.

Jesus’ Story, Central African Republic

As a vicar and director of the catholic Radio Notre Dame, Jesus Martial Demele has dealt with many refugees, provided them with shelter and shared what little he had with them.

Escape from Syria to Lithuania. Pierre Naoum.

I managed to escape Syria in 2012 with my wife and our three young children. Leaving my friends and relatives in Syria was difficult…

We want to live equally in society and also, do good things for the country.

I ran away in February 2010. I knew that if I didn’t run, I would be killed. After I ran, the soldiers harassed my family and asked them for my whereabouts. My family also ran away soon after that. I am not angry, but I am just so sad. We deserve human rights.

1 family torn apart by war is too many

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