United States - World Refugee Day

War has forced millions of families to flee their homes

This is the most urgent story of our time

Chris Boian – Freelance Journalist

“Tea.” He motioned for me to sit. The old man was with a group of several dozen people who, hours earlier, had fled their village…

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.

Kat Graham meets Hassan’s family

American actress Kat Graham meets Hassan’s family in a refugee camp in Jordan; Hassan’s father tells the story of their flight from Syria…

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

Kat Graham tells Ibrahim's story

Kat Graham tells Ibrahim's story

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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)

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Kat Graham meets Um Murad

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

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.

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.

Alek Wek’s Story, Model and Designer

Alek Wek fled her country when she was five; the Sudanese supermodel tells her story…

Alek Wek tells Naomi’s Story

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

Khaled Hosseini’s most precious possession

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

Fadumo Adan – Refugee Congress delegate

Meet Fadumo Adan – a strong and passionate Somali refugee who resettled in the United States and is a member of the Refugee Congress.

World Refugee Day Events

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

Kat Graham meets Abu Tamarak

American actress Kat Graham meets Abu’s family. His family still manages to smile and laugh despite the sadness…

Meet Fautima: Leading refugee girls in Ethiopia

Her parents left their native country hoping for a better future. So did my parents.

Naima Abdullahi’s Story, USA

Naima’s uncle was murdered in Ethiopia, her parents fled to Kenya as political refugees…

"After spending almost five years, living in the United States of America, I know myself and have been giving out the help, support and love that I was rendered for almost two decades in my refugee life."

I lived almost two decades in Timai Bhutanese refugee camp in the eastern part of Nepal. This camp is located at the bank of Timai River. At the age of 9, I became refugee…

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…

Khaled Hosseini’s reflection on refugee children

Afghan-born American author Khaled Hosseini visits a Syrian refugee camp in Kurdish Iraq and is moved by refugee children and the experience they have to go through.

Kat Graham meets Abu Hadi

American actress Kat Graham meets Abu Hadi and his children in Zaatari refugee settlement. They realized they must stay there until the end of the conflict…

Khaled Hosseini tells Amina’s Story

Amina’s son had a turbulent beginning in life, the family hopes that his story will continue peacefully…

Alek Wek meets Sudanese returnees

Supermodel and former refugeeAlek Wek was inspired by returnees’ determination; there was still so much hope and pride…

“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…

Khaled Hosseini tells Payman's story

Khaled Hosseini tells Payman's story

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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.

1 family torn apart by war is too many

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