Syrian family displaced by crisis returns home to rebuild

Imagine being displaced not just once, but five times. That’s what happened to Abdul Kader and his family. They had to move from one neighbourhood to another inside Homs in Syria, as brutal fighting closed in around them. The experience left them afraid and exhausted,...

Canada’s Blue Rodeo stands with refugees

Canadian country rock band Blue Rodeo has partnered with UNHCR to record Stand Together with Refugees. In addition to their generous cash donation to support the Syrian refugee crisis late last year, Blue Rodeo continues to show its support for refugees worldwide...
Young Syrian footballer aims high in Germany

Young Syrian footballer aims high in Germany

Seven-year-old Ahmad escaped war and chaos in Syria. Now safe, he hopes to become an international football star and is watching the European championships closely for new tips. A wide, gappy grin spreads over Ahmad Alzaher’s youthful face. He gazes at his father,...

The importance of education for a young girl’s independence

Beautifully illustrated, Barikan tells of a story about an encounter with her mother. As a young girl, Barikan had wished for her mother to buy her shoes. In response, her mother encouraged her to get an education and become an independent woman so she could buy shoes...

Town hall with UN refugee chief

During his March visit to Ottawa, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi sat down with Louisa Taylor, Director of Refugee 613, to discuss the challenges of maintaining the safety and survival of refugees, and how the people of Ottawa have...
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...

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