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Persecution. Violence. War… Forced To Flee, the new podcast from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, tells the extraordinary stories of people who lived through some of the most tumultuous events of the past 70 years.

The story of the mother who fled Vietnam by sea and fell into the hands of pirates, and of the orphaned schoolboy who found his calling thanks to a disposable camera. The story of the Venezuelan musicians who found hope with a new orchestra, and of the daughter of refugees who joined the rescue effort during Rwanda’s genocide. And stories of the many humanitarian workers who for seven decades have endeavoured to protect the forcibly displaced.

Over seven episodes, we revisit some of the major emergencies of the post-war that have forced millions of people to leave their homes in search of safety and peace. We discover why they fled, what they endured, and what happened next. And as UNHCR and the 1951 Refugee Convention both mark their 70th year, we also look to the future and ask how the world must respond to record levels of forced human displacement.

“Exiles” is the latest album from the celebrated composer Max Richter. In this short interview, Max – who kindly let us use his music for this podcast series – explains the inspiration and creativity behind “Exiles” and his musical depiction of the journeys and movement of displaced people.

Max on the subway in Japan. © Mike Terry

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