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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. 

The Snow Storm

The Snow Storm

Aisha, a mother of four from Syria, wraps a blanket around her shoulders as the wind beats against the walls of the tent. Outside, snow is piling up and soon the family’s food will run out. “We are really scared of the storm,” she says, shivering as she hands some...

The Sound of Peace

The Sound of Peace

Every morning, Ahmad gently wakes his six-year-old son, Abdu. Then he places hearing aids over the boy’s ears and asks him what he can hear. It is a ritual they cherish, a moment when they remember just how much their lives have changed. Ahmad and Abdu are Syrian...

Try this 75-second visualization exercise

Try this 75-second visualization exercise

It’s hard to imagine what a group of 1.5 million children looks like. Or what it would be like if they all had to run from their homes, in need of food, shelter, care and protection from harm. The numbers that describe today’s refugee crisis are often hopelessly...

Thank You for Supporting Refugees

Thank You for Supporting Refugees

At a time when the number of refugees and displaced people around the world reached more than 50 million—the highest since WWII—you gave generously and thoughtfully to UNHCR. Thank you. It would be easy to become overwhelmed by that number, but we’re not and we know...

5 Things You Should Know About The #CARcrisis

5 Things You Should Know About The #CARcrisis

Violence in Central African Republic continues to flare and drive hundreds of thousands of terrified families from their homes. Here are 5 things to know. 1. How long has it been happening? A history of military coups and rebellion in the Central African Republic...

3 Million Reasons Why Your Heart Will Break In One Video

"I’ve been plunged into despair but I’ve been healed by looking around and seeing what we do for each other to bring each other back up from the depths.” Neil Gaiman “We watch the news about Syria and the situation is bleak. In May when I travelled to Jordan with the...

Statelessness in Lebanon: Leal’s Story

"To be stateless is like you don't exist, you simply don't exist. You live in a parallel world with no proof of your identity" - Leal Leal was born in Lebanon but is stateless. Her grandfather was Lebanese but did not register the birth of Leal's father. As Leal's...

Refugees and Human Rights Student Poetry Contest

There were two categories for entry submissions in each language: English: Category 1: Grades 7 – 9 The winners of this category were: 1st place - Claire Lauzon, Gr. 9, Canterbury High School, Ottawa, ON 2nd place - Krista Hum, Gr. 9, Canterbury High School, Ottawa,...

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