United States - World Refugee Day

War has forced millions of families to flee their homes

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

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…

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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.

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.

Resettled refugee, Portland, Maine

Resettled refugee, Portland, Maine

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Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, UN Foundation

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

Lilli Tnaib – UNHCR

Until my trip to Haiti two years ago, I had yet to encounter some of the most heart-wrenching realities faced by millions of displaced women and mothers around the world.

Andrew McConnell, Photojournalist

Photojournalist Andrew McConnell meets Minatu Lanadas Suidat, a young journalist who was born in a refugee camp…

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…

Alek Wek tells Naomi’s Story

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

Meet Fautima: Leading refugee girls in Ethiopia

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

"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…

Kat Graham meets Abu Tamarak

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

Alek Wek meets Sudanese returnees

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

Khaled Hosseini’s most precious possession

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

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 Nalene’s Story

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

Khaled Hosseini tells Payman's story

Khaled Hosseini tells Payman's story

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Kat Graham meets Syrian refugees

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

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)

Guor Maker’s Story, Olympic Marathon Runner

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

Alek Wek’s hope for her country

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

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…

1 family torn apart by war is too many

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