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Hegyeshalom, Hungary “Every month we had to go to Baghdad to get my son’s eyes treated. When we went for his last appointment, the hospital was very crowded so we decided to go back to the... Read More >>
MAE LA CAMP, Thailand, Sept 29 (UNHCR) – They live by the motto, Be Prepared, as members of the Utah Boy Scouts of America Troop. But nothing could have prepared them for the rush of emotions th... Read More >>
I want to begin this refugee series with a post from the summer of 2014. This is Muhammad, who I first met last year in Iraqi Kurdistan. At the time, he had just fled the war in Syria and was working... Read More >>
“Don’t forget about the people of the tents,” says Hany Al Moliya in his poetic manner. The 21-year-old from the Syrian city of Homs taught himself English, and used to write poetry... Read More >>
TONGOGARA, Zimbabwe, July 7 (UNHCR) – After fleeing his home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and seeking safety in Zimbabwe, the last thing 20-year-old Joel Tshite ever expected was the... Read More >>
Moo Ra Win
Bangkok, Thailand, 1 July (UNHCR) - A rainy day may seem very depressive for most people but not for Moo Ra Win, 21 years old single mother and her two young children who are going to resettle in the... Read More >>
Actress Kristin Davis travelled with UNHCR to Uganda to meet refugees from South Sudan. She visited Rhino Base Camp settlement, Nguara in northern Uganda. Read More >>
Laban had to leave everything behind. Laban, 19 years old: “My mother taught me how to tailor. Then I was also able to attend a school where I learned more skills and now I sew better than she d... Read More >>
Basma cannot afford to rent an apartment, so she sublets a room where she lives with her four children on the top floor of an old building in East Amman. The space is poorly insulated and keeping it w... Read More >>
Jung Woo Sung
UNHCR High Profile Supporter Jung Woo-sung travelled to South Sudan and met Samson, a 21-year-old Sudanese refugee in Ajuong Thok camp who is a teacher and dreams of becoming a journalist.  He sh... Read More >>