Do You See What I See?

The following short film documents a recent UNHCR-sponsored project called “Do you see what I see?” in which refugee children in Yemen and Namibia record their day-to-day lives through photography. Often we look at images of refugees and see a very narrow bit of what the refugee experience is – images of people in flight, … Continue reading

Who Chooses Our Neighbors?

Refugee Camp in Congo – by Julien Harneis Determining who gets to be resettled is a long process. Out of all of the world’s refugees, approximately 700,000+ are estimated to need resettlement. Out of those people, only about 10% can be resettled, which results in 1% of the world’s refugees resettling to third countries. But … Continue reading

A Departure from Nowhere

As a refugee, resettlement…revived my shattered hopes. It was a departure from nowhere and an opportunity to restore a normal life.** Imagine spending the day doing nothing. You have no food or water, no family. You want to go outside, but you might be attacked. You glance out the front of your tent. Nothing. Nothing … Continue reading

Getting to Yemen

The following clip from UNHCR details the perilous journey thousands of Somalis are making every day to get to Yemen and the safety they hope to find there. This clip was produced in 2007, but since then a new phase of the Somali civil war has started in the country, and so Somali refugees continue … Continue reading

Octopus Witches and the Marginalized

As usual, a fortune-telling octopus is hogging the camera. For the last week, sports commentators, blogs and even the New York Times have found a new media darling in Paul the Octopus. Paul, an oracle from Germany, successfully predicted eight out of eight World Cup matches, including all of Germany’s games and the eventual championship … Continue reading

Going Home

Today, nearly all of the minority Uzbek people of Kyrgyzstan are returning home. As many as 100,000 refugees fled the country into Uzbekistan in the past week following violent conflict against them from the majority Kyrgyz population. An additional 300,000 people are said to be displaced within Kyrgyzstan. On the Uzbekistan/Kyrgyzstan border – UNHCR Stories … Continue reading

Refugees and the Real Football: World Cup Begins

It is World Cup day, everyone! At 9am CST, Mexico will face off against home team and underdog South Africa. In all the excitement and buzz, here’s one last topic to pray about and consider as you enjoy the games. Life in South Africa is very hard for refugees, and it can be even harder … Continue reading

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