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Henning Mankell

War has forced millions of families to flee their homes

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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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"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…

Romola Garai shares her great-grandfather’s Story

British actress Romola Garai tells her great-grandfather’s story and she is proud to be a product both of his flight and of the society that nurtured him.

Adam’s Story: Stateless in Kenya

“What I’d like most is an ID with my picture on it. I’ve never had one before,” he says. “I would work hard and go and find my daughter.”

 I held that tiny finger all the way to the clinic while saying a silent prayer that she would be alright

The story of Baby Tumaini (means HOPE in Swahili) from the journal of a volunteer nurse at the Think Humanity clinic near Kyangwali refugee camp in Western Uganda. This is the story of a baby girl whose life was saved from Malaria.

Maker’s Story, Uganda

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

Zoan’s Story, Venezuela

Zoan’s role as an activist in Africa cost the lives of his father and uncle due to political repression and he was imprisoned for four years where he was tortured…

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.

Steven: Stateless in Britain

“Being stateless is like being an alien. Anywhere you place me… everyone will still say, ‘You are not from here’.

As a child, my grandmother arrived from Belarus to Ellis Island with her sister and parents, around 1910.

Her sister though had red eye, conjunctivitis, which though not serious was highly contagious and on the list of diseases that excluded one from entering the U.S. (as did syphilis and TB).

1 family torn apart by war is too many

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