The Human Story
Behind the Statistics
Behind all the statements and statistics about refugees, asylum seekers, the internally displaced and the stateless are real people with harrowing tales of suffering and loss, as well as hope and ambition. UNHCR believes we must provide a platform for their voices and - when it does not risk their safety - to give a face to the millions of people of concern. Our staff around the world gather these human stories every day so that people living in peace and comfort can understand why the forcibly displaced and stateless need compassion and care. The best way to understand the suffering of others is to hear their stories of hardship, courage, struggle and perseverance.
Faustin flew recently from Malawi to a new life in the United States after being accepted for resettlement under the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Programme.
With the help of UNHCR, Greece's Asylum Service and the German immigration authorities, Sabria's dream is at hand and she will soon see long lost loved ones.
Afghan refugee Hasib regards Kazakhstan as his motherland and he wants to contribute to its growth by becoming an airline pilot. But it's been a bumpy ride.
UNHCR puts a priority on spreading awareness about sexual and gender-based violence and at preventing a scourge that affects millions around the world.
Former refugee Ranko has applied for one of 70 sturdy bungalows to be built in Serbia under a programme aimed at ending the region's long displacement chapter.