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War has forced millions of families to flee their homes

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Alek Wek’s Story, Model and Designer

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

World Refugee Day Events

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

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.

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Kat Graham touched by refugees’ strength

The American actress was moved by the stories of courage she heard as she met with various Syrian families…

Guor Maker’s Story, Olympic Marathon Runner

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

Khaled Hosseini’s most precious possession

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

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.

Khaled Hosseini tells Yasser’s Story

American novelist Khaled Hosseini meets Yasser and is moved by the atrocities his young children have seen…

Khaled Hosseini tells Nalene’s Story

American author Khaled Hosseini meets Nalene, a young woman supporting her family working in a beauty salon in the refugee camp…

Kat Graham meets Syrian refugees

Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham made an emotional visit to Syrian refugee families in Jordan.

Resilience and appreciation

Thon was born in, Jonglei State, South Sudan. Having fled Sudan as a child, he taught pre-schoolers and worked as a Counselor for Jesuit Refugee Service and Lutheran World Federation in a Kenyan Refugee Camp. He was resettled in the United States in December, 2000 by Lutheran Immigration Refugee Service (LIRS) and thrived in a [...]

Resettled refugee, Portland, Maine

Resettled refugee, Portland, Maine

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Alek Wek meets Sudanese returnees

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

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 tells Alan’s Story

Khaled Hosseini visits Syrian refugee and straight A student Alan in Darashakran camp in Iraq; Alan dreams of being a doctor…

Osman’s Story, USA

Osman tells his own story of fleeing violence in Darfur, Sudan and how he came to the US as a refugee.

Alek Wek tells Naomi’s Story

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

Alek Wek’s hope for her country

Supermodel Alek Wek was comforted by the strong stories of resilience, believing anything is possible…

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).

"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 witness Syrian refugees’ resilience

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

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…

Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, UN Foundation

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

Khaled Hosseini tells Payman's story

Khaled Hosseini tells Payman's story

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1 family torn apart by war is too many

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