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Henning Mankell

War has forced millions of families to flee their homes

This is the most urgent story of our time

"When I was 17 or 18 years old I met some refugees from South Africa who had fled apartheid, and I realized that no one flees without very strong cause."

Henning Mankell visited a refugee settlement and a transit centre in Uganda, neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Henning Mankell’s strongest memory

If I were to choose one thing, it was when we went to the health centre in Rwamwanja settlement…

Henning Mankell tells Liberata’s Story

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

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Rebecca’s Story, Uganda

Rebecca got separated from her husband during the fighting in South Sudan. She fled with her children and parents, and found out later that her husband had been killed…

Ted Adnan, Photographer

I had met Bosnian refugees in Malaysia years ago when I was working at a university in the 1990s, and they were very much welcomed by the Malaysian Government and given assistance. Years later, I met a boy who told me he was from Myanmar, begging for money at a café where I was eating.

Abdulrahman’s Story, Yemen

The appreciation and recognition of UNHCR and other NGOs has helped Abdulrahman integrate and restart his life in safety and respect in Yemen.

 “Buildings have been destroyed, we lost everything, we came with nothing except the clothes we were wearing.”

When he tells his story, Wasil bursts into tears. Later his wife tells us that he didn’t stop crying all the way down from Homs to the border.

In Myanmar, it was as if we were underwater, we couldn’t breathe.

We just had to leave. In the morning, we were alive but there was no certainty in the evening. I feel heartbroken because they destroyed our masjid, our young children, our houses, our properties. It was very painful, very painful. I didn’t want to stay there anymore.

James Koroma Australia for UNHCR Frontliner and former refugee

James Prince Koroma is a former refugee from Sierra Leone in West Africa. After being resettled to Australia, James has wanted to give back – so now works with Australia for UNHCR to raise much needed funding to support refugees.

Asia’s story, Slovakia

Asia was a successful TV producer in Afghanistan. She had to flee with five children.

Phil Behan, Photographer

Phil Behan photographed a refugee family travelling back home and visiting the Nopu Camp in Thailand.

1 family torn apart by war is too many

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