United States - World Refugee Day

War has forced millions of families to flee their homes

This is the most urgent story of our time

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.

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.

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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…

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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Alek Wek’s hope for her country

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

Khaled Hosseini tells Payman's story

Khaled Hosseini tells Payman's story

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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.

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 Alan’s Story

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

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).

Kat Graham meets Abu Tamarak

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

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.

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 […]

“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…

Resettled refugee, Portland, Maine

Resettled refugee, Portland, Maine

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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…

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.

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.

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.

"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…

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)

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…

1 family torn apart by war is too many

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