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The latest stories from UNHCR.

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We take special care to bring you the latest refugee news and stories of the men, women and children we help each day. 

A Broken Family Escapes Fighting in Yemen

A Broken Family Escapes Fighting in Yemen

Fairuz and his wife Hannah can’t stop crying. They are crying for their broken country, Yemen, but above all for their broken family. His eyes red with grief, Fairuz explains how their eldest son, Adeeb, 27, was too terrified to join them as they ran a gauntlet of...

Rwanda: 50,000 Flee Burundi

More than 50,000 Burundians have fled to neighbouring countries since mid-April. Many say they experienced intimidation and threats of violence linked to the upcoming elections.

Fleeing Bullets, and then Mosquitoes

Fleeing Bullets, and then Mosquitoes

 Agness and Flavia are close in age: between 18 and 24 months. Although they come from different families, they share a similar story. Their parents fled conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo several years ago and are now raising their children in Uganda’s...

A new start in Sweden

A new start in Sweden

  It has been just over a year since Mahmoud and his family were resettled in the small town of Torsby in central Sweden. Coming here was a dream come true for this young Syrian boy who, like so many of his generation, suffered the traumas of war only to discover...

A Long and Perilous Route to Safety

A Long and Perilous Route to Safety

The sun is still rising in the Congolese sky, but Jean is already busy cleaning the small garden in front of his new house in Bili refugee camp. He greets me with a wide smile. After nearly two years on the run from violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), he...

A Sister’s Courage

A Sister’s Courage

Most of all, Hala misses her mother’s bedtime stories. “I was playing outside when our house crumbled,” she says. “I saw people carrying my mom downstairs.” Is Hala smiling, or about to cry? I’m not sure. I’ve finally gathered the courage to ask her what happened....

A Syrian Family Counts its Blessings

Syria is now in its 5th year of conflict and refugees are losing hope of going home any time soon. Hassan, Heba and their three children had an affluent life back in Syria; a car rental business a home and a good school for their children. But after Hassan was...

The Boy Who Was Buried Alive and Survived

The Boy Who Was Buried Alive and Survived

Thirty-three-year-old Sarratou will never forget the day when dozens of heavily armed men ambushed her village in Nigeria’s Borno State. It was 10 o’clock in the morning and she was at home with three of her four children. The gunshots rang in their ears as they...

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