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.
Access to education in Iran has allowed many Afghan refugees to earn university degrees they can use to rebuild their homeland.
Jewellery making is helping teenage Ivorian refugee Abdel cope with life in a Tunisian refugee camp, get over a tragic past and prepare for a rosier future.
Refugees are usually dependent on help from others. But for one Syrian, exile provided an opportunity for self-sufficiency and financial independence.
Muhammad Saeed, who was stranded in Pakistan when genocide erupted in his homeland, flew home with his Rwandan wife and four children born in exile.
Tens of thousands of children born as refugees in Tanzania face the challenge of coming "back" to Burundi - a country they've never seen before.