Stories

Helping families to thrive at the world's largest refugee settlement

Two years after Rohingya refugees fled to Bangladesh, strides are being made in enhancing nutrition, shelter, sanitation, healthcare and registration, though challenges remain.

23 Aug 2019

Hellish journey over for young woman rescued from the Mediterranean

An asylum-seeker allowed to disembark from the Open Arms rescue vessel on the Italian island of Lampedusa recalls the horror of her journey.

23 Aug 2019

UNHCR chief pays tribute to 'frontline' aid workers

Marking World Humanitarian Day, Filippo Grandi honours staff carrying out "crucial work" to aid those in greatest need in "some in the world's most dangerous places."

19 Aug 2019

Months on, humanitarian needs still high in DR Congo

UNHCR is concerned about thousands who have fled brutal attacks in DRC's Ituri province, where humanitarian access remains extremely limited.

16 Aug 2019

Slam poet speaks for refugees at music festival in Hungary

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Emi Mahmoud, who is a world champion slam poet, performed at the huge Sziget music festival held on an island in the Danube River.

15 Aug 2019

Social media helps former refugee thank man who gave her a childhood bicycle

When Mevan Babakar was a five-year-old refugee in the Netherlands, an aid worker gave her a bicycle. Twenty-four years later, she was finally able to thank him.

15 Aug 2019

Indigenous people from Venezuela seek safety across the border in Brazil

After violence broke out in their native Venezuela, hundreds of members of the Pemon indigenous group fled to a village across the border in Brazil.

9 Aug 2019

'I was very drawn to try and make a difference'

UNHCR's Ann Encontre made a bold career change – from corporate law to protecting refugees.

8 Aug 2019

Scouts gain insights after stepping into lives of refugees

At World Scout Jamboree, participants use immersive video technology to connect with refugees around the world and build empathy for their plight.

2 Aug 2019