The Canadian Connection

The Canadian Connection

For almost 40 years, UNHCR has played a unique role in Canada. We don’t have tent cities full of refugees in Canada. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see a UNHCR aid worker distributing food or blankets in Toronto or Ottawa. And never has a Canadian mayor ever...
A Refugee’s Ramadan in War Time

A Refugee’s Ramadan in War Time

This is the third Ramadan in a foreign country for a Syrian refugee family living on the outskirts of Dohuk in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. In the kitchen of a small three room apartment, eggplant and potatoes are being fried for Maqlooba, a layered dish of...
Lending a Hand in Hungary

Lending a Hand in Hungary

It is dusk by the time volunteers arrive at a busy square in central Budapest. With them, they carry hot food and fresh water – nothing short of a lifeline for the tired and hungry refugee families who are there to meet them. Little children are at first shy to accept...
A Childhood Cut Short by Syria’s War

A Childhood Cut Short by Syria’s War

  During a break between classes, Ivra and her clutch of friends sit near the edge of a small playground in southern Turkey. Teenagers, they’re mostly dressed in skinny jeans and trainers; some wear decorative scarves and nail polish. As they gossip, crack jokes...
The Whatsapp Wedding

The Whatsapp Wedding

Kept apart by war, two young Syrians fired up their smartphones and found love against the odds. With no end in sight to the human suffering inflicted by the war in Syria, it can feel like there is never any good news to tell. So when a colleague mentioned a young...
The Nun and the Bakery

The Nun and the Bakery

For nearly a decade, the small and dusty town of Dungu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been under attack. But while many women and girls throughout the region have been kidnapped and terrorised by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), others have survived...
Treacherous Crossings

Treacherous Crossings

Most refugees undertake a perilous journey to escape persecution, violence or death. But escape by sea is particularly dangerous as people confront unpredictable weather, unsafe and over-crowded vessels, unscrupulous human traffickers and smugglers. And even if they...
Four Generations on the Run

Four Generations on the Run

As the ferry anchors near Kagunga village, on the Tanzanian shores of Lake Tanganyika, 60-year-old Foibe Ndikumana sits patiently on the sand, yearning to hear her name called. She is eager to leave behind the crowded lakefront village and the haunting memories of...

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