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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. 

Shakespeare in Za’atari

Shakespeare in Za’atari

Twelve-year-old Wiam Yousef Al-Ammari has not been to school since her family fled Syria in January 2013. But that hasn’t stopped her from studying Shakespeare. She was one of 80 young refugees who recently staged “King Lear” at Za’atari camp in Jordan, exploring...

Brighter Lives for Refugees is Back!

Brighter Lives for Refugees is Back!

Together with the IKEA Foundation we are excited to launch the return of the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign to raise millions of dollars for refugees living around the world. This marks the second year of the campaign. Last year’s campaign raised over 10 Million...

Chasing Away the Shadows

Chasing Away the Shadows

Refugee camps can be dark places. For many thousands of people living in tents and caravans far from home, the day effectively stops at sundown. Lack of light puts refugees at greater risk of injury or misfortune, limits their educational prospects and makes it harder...

Aid worker as hostage: Why 317 days must not be forgotten

Aid worker as hostage: Why 317 days must not be forgotten

It was 17 years ago that Vincent Cochetel, a UNHCR aid worker, was held hostage for 317 days in a dark Chechen basement, tortured and alone. For the first time, he tells his story of terror, but also of insight and inspiration. A TED Talk like no other, this video...

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