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War has forced millions of families to flee their homes

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Khaled Hosseini tells his refugee Story

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini knows what it’s like to be a refugee. He contributed to the 2013 Refugee Congress and spoke of the value of refugee stories…

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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…

Khaled Hosseini tells Amina’s Story

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

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.

Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, UN Foundation

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

Kat Graham meets Um Murad

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

Eric Jankstrom meets Lopez Lomong

Film producer Eric Jankowsky met Olympic athlete Lopez Lomong, and is impressed by his incredible strength, resilience and true love for life.

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).

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.

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 […]

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.

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…

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…

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 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…

Guor Maker’s Story, Olympic Marathon Runner

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

“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…

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)

"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…

Landry’s Story, Uganda

Journalist Penny Pryor recounts the inspiring story of 22 year old Landry Mugisha, hip-hop dancer and former refugee, now resettled in the USA.

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.

1 family torn apart by war is too many

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