United States - World Refugee Day

War has forced millions of families to flee their homes

This is the most urgent story of our time

Salam (Hello) Neighbor Film

In an effort to better understand the complex realities of refugee life, we recently spent one month living alongside displaced families in the Za’atari refugee camp.

“No human being would prefer losing her beloved country and being called a ‘refugee.’ Everyone would definitely return home if they could,...”

The night Mediatrice Kabasinga left her home in Rwanda, she didn’t know where she was heading. She was eight months pregnant with her second child and running for her life…

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Refugee Day Events
Celebrate World Refugee Day in your neighborhood! Check out UNHCR events happening across the United States.

Resettled refugee, Portland, Maine

Resettled refugee, Portland, Maine

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World Refugee Day at the Kennedy Center

Join UNHCR, Actress Kat Graham and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a special musical performance in recognition of World Refugee Day.

Shelly Pitterman – UNHCR Regional Representative

My UNHCR bio reads like many other colleagues, but my identity is rooted in my parent’s experience as survivors of the Holocaust.

Resettled refugee, Portland, Maine

Resettled refugee, Portland, Maine

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Khaled Hosseini supports Sirajuddin

Khaled Hosseini set up The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, providing shelters to Afghan refugees; Sirajuddin, one of those refugees, tells his story…

Resettled refugee, Portland, Maine

Resettled refugee, Portland, Maine

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Khaled Hosseini witness Syrian refugees’ resilience

Afghan-born American author Khaled Hosseini is moved by families desperate to provide for themselves and not to be reliant…

Hassan’s Story, USA

While life carries on even when you are a refugee, Hassan still hopes that a better life is ahead of him.

World Refugee Day Events

All month long, Americans will be celebrating World Refugee Day across the country. Learn more about all the events happening!

Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, UN Foundation

President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation tells Nyanwour’s story – a South Sudanese refugee.

Alek Wek tells Naomi’s Story

Supermodel Alek Wek meets Naomi, a grandmother who lost three sons in the conflict…

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.

Kat Graham meets Um Murad

Kat Graham visits Um Murad’s wedding dress shop and beauty salon in Zaatari, Jordan…

Guor Maker’s Story, Olympic Marathon Runner

Olympic athlete Guor Maker was confronted with the harsh realities of conflict from a young age…

Brian Hansford – UNHCR

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants…” – The 32nd United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933–1945)

Barbara Hendricks tells Jennie Tourel’s Story

Barbara Hendricks, classical singer and UNHCR Honorary Lifetime Goodwill Ambassador, shares the story of her mentor, Jennie Tourel.

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.

For a long time I had a dream of visiting western countries, the dream to go further to cover graduation from respective university in the west?

For a long time I had a dream of visiting western countries, the dream to go further to cover graduation from respective university in the west? My dreams get bigger when I discovered that all my colleagues in the primary school had same dreams. I started study hard believing that will happen one day and [...]

Khaled Hosseini supports Zal Khan

Acclaimed author Khaled Hosseini supports Zal Khan, who built a house through the assistance of UNHCR; He is full of joy because his children are now safe.

1 family torn apart by war is too many

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