UN Refugee Agency


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  • about 4 hours ago
    “I am here in Davos to represent all the refugees around the world and to, of course, send a message that I am supporting all refugees around the world” . #TeamRefugees Olympian Yusra Mardini is the youngest #WEF17 participant. Today she took part in a Facebook live where she talked about her journey to Germany and her experience in Rio . Yusra inspired many of us when she swam at the Olympic Games and she is now working on new goals. Check the link in our bio to catch up with Yusra. UNHCR/ @gisellalomax -------------------------------------- #WEF2017 #Syrianrefugees #refugees #realpeople #bestoftheday #instahope
  • 2 days ago
    Refugees flee war and persecution. There are heroes out there helping them. UNHCR.org/nominate -------------------------------------- #refugees #refugeeswelcome #nansenaward #helprefugees #hero #heroes
  • 6 days ago
    I am Yusra. I am a refugee and I’m proud to stand for peace . So, who is this refugee? Well, once I was just like you. I had a home, I had roots, I belonged. Like you, I lived my life day-by-day, caught up in my own hopes, passions and problems. Then war came and everything changed. I’d lost my nationality, my identity, my name. Now I was refugee. So here we are, in a new life, none of us knowing how long we will live it. But there is no shame in being a refugee if we remember who we are. So, who are we? We are still the doctors, engineers, lawyers, teachers, students we were back at home. We are still the mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. It was violence that made us orphans. It was war that made us terrified parents, sacrificing everything to save our children from carnage. It was persecution that drove us from our homes in search of peace. That is refugee . That is who I am. That is who we all are, that growing population of people without a country. This is my call for us all to take a stand now, together, under that name we share, refugee. I am Yusra. I am a refugee and I’m proud to stand for peace, for decency and dignity for all those fleeing violence. Join me. Stand with us. UNHCR/ @danieletter ------------------------------------- #WEF2017 #Syrianrefugees #refugees #realpeople #bestoftheday #instahope
  • 7 days ago
    When the the Ayash family were resettled to Lunenburg in February 2016 as part of Canada’s private sponsorship program, they were the first refugees welcomed into this small community of 2,500 people. There are challenges involved in relocating to a small town, but the family has already built strong friendships. David Friendly, a Jewish resident of Lunenburg instantly felt connected to the family. David helped Ahmad find work shortly after the family arrived and as he does not have grandchildren, this friendship has taken on a special meaning. Lunenburg is not alone in its tireless efforts to help those who have been forced from home, for more stories click the link on our bio . UNHCR/@anniesakkab -------------------------------------- #Canada #Syrianrefugees #refugees #realpeople #bestoftheday #instahope #friendship
  • 8 days ago
    Who do you know that dedicates their time to helping refugees? Nominate now: unhcr.org/nominate ------------------------------------- #NansenAward #refugees #refugee #hero #everydayhero #refugeeswelcome #inspiration
  • 11 days ago
    When Thuy Nguyen from Vietnam was resettled in Canada as a refugee she pledged to return the favour one day. Thanks to Canada’s private sponsorship program she was able to do so. The Nouman family fled Syria and first met Thuy at Toronto airport in January 2016. The meeting brought back a wave of memories for Thuy: “I could feel their sense of loss. But I could also feel their sense excitement for a new beginning” . Now, she is helping the Nouman family begin a new life. UNHCR/ @anniesakkab ------------------------------------ #Canada #Syrianrefugees #refugees #realpeople #bestoftheday #instahope #friendship
  • 12 days ago
    "Living in the camp as a refugee is tough of course, but wanting to study as a refugee girl is even tougher, we have to fight every day to come to school. Among all the work we have to do in order to support our family, we need to find the time to study, it's not easy, but I cannot give up. I have a dream, I want to be a better person, I want to have a better future and I know education is the key to do so. I'm encouraging my friends to come to school and explain what they are missing, but sometime it's really hard for them to come to school and I understand their situation. I'm also sad to see some of my friend get married so young. It's heart-breaking to see all my friends out of school. I want to show them how education can change our life, so I study hard" . 14-year-old Sudanese refugee Suar told our colleague Eujin about her biggest challenge. Suar is one of 24,000 refugees studying in Maban County refugee camp. In South Sudan, UNHCR is working closely with refugee girls and their parents to encourage them to continue their studies. UNHCR/ @eujinbyun -------------------------------------- #Sudan #SouthSudan #realpeople #bestoftheday #instahope #girl #education #schoolgirl #school
  • 13 days ago
    People are coming back and beginning to say ‘how do we rebuild our lives?’ . We must invest in the optimism and hope of Syrians. Latest news on aid for the civilians of Aleppo on our website www.unhcr.org ------------------------------------- #Aleppo #Syria #realpeople #video #instahope
  • 15 days ago
    “I talk them through it. I tell them, ‘I know what you feel because I’ve been through it. I lived it, and I survived’, and they feel better because I am a refugee just like them.” - Sarah Mardini . Sarah and her sister Yusra helped save 18 fellow refugees when their boat broke down off Greece. Today, Sarah volunteers as a lifeguard with Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI), a humanitarian organization that assists refugees in distress as they attempt to reach the island of Lesvos. “Sarah is a true hero,” says ERCI’s founder, Panos Moraitis. “After risking her own life to save 18 people on board the boat she was on while trying to reach Greece, not only did she come back to ground zero, but she is here to ensure that no more lives will get lost on this perilous journey” . UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis -------------------------------------- #WithRefugees #Greece #Syria #realpeople #refugees #bestoftheday #instahope
  • 17 days ago
    Happy New Year! May 2017 be a year of peace and hope, for all refugees and people forced to flee their homes. We will always stand #WithRefugees. UNHCR/ @ivorprickett -------------------------------------- #child #refugees #Iraq #realpeople #UNHCR #2017 #girls #HappyNewYear #2017 #newyear
  • 19 days ago
    “When you play music you offer your feelings, I don’t offer anything else. When people love my music, that means they understand my message” . Syrian violinist Sari fled war and has been welcomed by fellow musicians in Canada. Check the link in our profile for Saris' story. UNHCR/ @anniesakkab -------------------------------------- #WithRefugees #Canada #Syria #realpeople #refugees #music #refugeeswelcome
  • 20 days ago
    A big end-of-year THANK YOU from all of us at the UN Refugee Agency to the 1.45 million people who in 2016 stood with refugees like Solaf, Tinalbarka, Baw Meh, Carmen and Mojtaba by signing our www.withrefugees.org petition. We count on your support! UNHCR ------------------------------------ #WithRefugees #EndOfYear #endofyear2016 #thankyou #refugees #petition #standwithrefugees #refugeeswelcome