World Refugee day is an opportunity to remember all these who have had to leave their homes, livelihoods and quite often extended family to seek protection and shelter.
Vasily Zubko hoped to the end he could stay in his beloved steppe country in eastern Ukraine, but as the conflict drew ever closer, he got on his bike and pedalled out of the war zone.
Marina has been forced to move twice as shells rained down on her village in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Now she must make do in a ramshackle shelter, caring for four generations of her family and hoping for peace that will allow them to pursue happier and safer lives.
UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner calls for improved access to pensions for the internally displaced and other rights
Concluding a week-long visit to Ukraine, where four years of conflict have displaced an estimated 1.5 million people, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations Mr. George Okoth-Obbo has called for enhanced actions to address the plight of conflict-affected persons and to secure their rights, including access to pensions and freedom of movement.
Ever-present danger of shelling and landmines makes it difficult to collect benefits, buy food or look for work.
Far from the headlines, 4.4 million people in eastern Ukraine continue to live in the grips of an armed conflict that has divided their region, restricting freedom of movement and displacing many.
Shelling, landmines and long queues are among the hazards facing elderly residents as they try to collect their pensions.
Since the armed conflict divided eastern Ukraine back in 2014, almost 1.3 million pensioners have found themselves caught in the middle, living in territory now outside of government control but dependent on state institutions for their hard-earned retirement pensions.
Sergei and his wife were forced to dismantle a shell that hit their home, amidst a conflict that has internally displaced over 1.5 million people.