UN Refugee Agency


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  • about 6 hours ago
    “Each doll holds the name of the person whose story it carries.” - Marianne In April last year, the Mousalli family – a Lebanese father, Syrian mother, and their daughters Marianne and Melina – decided to bring the stories and dreams of Syrian mothers in war-torn Aleppo closer to the world. Through a relative who remains in Syria, they collect the stories of ordinary Syrians, then turn them into sketches and have them embroidered onto cotton dolls by Syrian refugee women. Entitled ‘The Ana Collection’ – the word ‘Ana’ means ‘me’ in Arabic – the project seeks to address the hidden pain of Syrians who remain inside a country ravaged by war, through art and self-expression. In addition to shining a light on some of the forgotten victims of the six-year war, the project has helped create a “full circle of empowerment,” where refugees help other refugees and internally displaced people in Syria. UNHCR/Houssam Hariri -------------------------------------- #Syrianrefugees #Syria #doll #bestoftheday #Lebanon #Syriacrisis #UNHCR @the.ana.collection
  • about 23 hours ago
    "The people here in Mexico are very good, they have helped us, and we thank them." Jose Four members of the Perez family were murdered by street gangs in El Salvador. The 17 surviving relatives fled to Mexico. ----------------------------------- #instavideo #Mexico #refugees #refugeewelcome #realpeople #video #instahope #UNHCR #elsalvador
  • 1 day ago
    A behind the scenes glimpse from Shabia Mantoo of colleagues in Yemen at work preserving refugee's stories - their harrowing ordeals escaping conflict and persecution - for their protection and for the future. Shabia told us: "This is the stuff behind the scenes of what goes into protecting #refugees. This is how we preserve the lived experiences of hundreds of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Yemen. Many have been through harrowing ordeals to escape conflict and persecution; and they open their hearts to us. Their journeys, stories and experiences are shared and preserved with us to enable their protection" UNHCR/ @shabiamantoo -------------------------------------- #Yemen #UNHCR #realpeople #igdaily #humanitarianwork
  • 2 days ago
    What will it be like at home? Going home is typically the one thing that all refugees dream of. But to some, a homecoming to the very place that forced one to flee can trigger mixed-emotions. Here, Ivorian refugee Tahadi waits in one of our trucks that will repatriate her and her family to Côte d'Ivoire, from Little Wlebo refugee camp, Liberia. UNHCR/David Azia (@d_azia ) ------------------------------------- #Liberia #Africa #home #refugees #UNHCR #realpeople #igdailypic #cotedivoire
  • 3 days ago
    As a high school student in Syria, Jankidar knew that he wanted to study political science. But soon after enrolling in Aleppo University, he had to drop out to support his family. Then when war broke out in Syria in 2011, he was forced to flee his hometown of Kobane for Lebanon, where he tried once again to get a university degree - this time juggling 4 jobs to pay for his tuition and make ends meet. In 2015, he learned about UNHCR’s higher education scholarship programme, known as DAFI. He applied, and soon after overcame the long odds to win a full scholarship to study for a Master’s in Political and Administrative Sciences at Lebanese University. Good luck Jankidar! UNHCR/ @diego.ibarra.sanchez ----------------------------------- #Syria #Syrianrefugees #instahope #education #bestoftheday #student #lebanon
  • 4 days ago
    Yusra Mardini​ is the refugee who swam for her life, and then swam at the Olympic​ Games. Now, her extraordinary story is to be made into a film. The remarkable teenager, who is now a UNHCR advocate for refugees when she’s not in school or swim training, has signed a deal with filmmakers Working Title​. Yusra - @mardiniysra - represents the resilience, bravery and humanity of the refugee story and as a supporter of UNHCR has been advocating for the rights of refugees at the highest level - at the United Nations​ General Assembly and at the World Economic Forum​ in Davos. "I'm delighted my story is being turned into a film," Yusra told us. "I am so proud to be a voice for the 65 million refugees and displaced people in the world. My drive to be a top athlete and a campaigner for the refugee crisis is something I am equally determined about; I'm excited that I can make a difference, be a part of a global @TeamRefugees​, and I'm grateful that I have the opportunity." ---------------------------------------- #TeamRefugees #UNHCR #UNRefugeeAgency #WithRefugees #refugees #refugeeswelcome #Syrianrefugees #Syria #instavideo #bestoftheday #instahope #OlympicGames #olympics2016 @mardiniysra
  • 4 days ago
    “I had to leave my husband and parents behind for my children to have a fighting chance to survive.” - Aisha Aisha Yussuf Abdi, 40, is among some 4,300 Somali refugees who have fled Al Shabab violence and a worsening drought in Ethiopia this year. She left her homeland with her 7 children and all she wants is peace and stability in her home country, so her family can live in safety. This weekend, world leaders are meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development Summit (IGAD), to agree a plan to find durable solutions for Somali refugees like Aisha and the 2 million other refugees in the region. UNHCR/ Diana Diaz ------------------------------------ #refugee #somalirefugees #UNHCR
  • 5 days ago
    We've finally reached embattled Mokha in Yemen with desperately-needed aid, after weeks of intense negotiations. In this video Adam Shaqiri, our UNHCR Yemen colleague, shows how badly traumatised Yemeni people who are living in miserable conditions need the aid. Despite the dire situation in Yemen where two years of conflict has forced 11.3% of the population to flee their homes, UNHCR's response to meet urgent humanitarian needs in Yemen is only 10% funded. . UNHCR/Adam Shaqiri ------------------------------------- #Yemen #Video #help #humanitarianworks #videooftheday #igdaily
  • 5 days ago
    “You are safe here” . This badge worn by our colleague Aoife, in our refugee registration centre in Amman, Jordan, sends a subtle but powerful message to LGBTI refugees seeking help. UNHCR work to support vulnerable LGBTI refugees seeking help across the world. UNHCR/@JazCummins ------------------------------------ #lgbt #lgbti #lovewins #refugees #jordan #refugeeswelcome #syria #withrefugees #refugees
  • 5 days ago
    We're deeply alarmed at the reports we're hearing of at least two shipwrecks off the Libyan coasts yesterday. Even worse, we fear that the actual death toll might be much higher and that dozens more people might have perished in this incident. Defeating the business model of traffickers requires the existence of credible legal pathways for people in need of international protection. UNHCR/ @andrewmcconnellphoto ------------------------------------ #MediterraneanSea #Lybia #WithRefugees #UNHCR #refugees #photooftheday
  • 6 days ago
    Baby Firas is among thousands of Iraqis who fled western Mosul and arrived in Chamakor camp. Firas’ parents risked their lives to flee Mosul to hospitalize their only child. An estimated 400,000 people are thought to be living in the Old City in western Mosul, with about 600,000 still in all the neighbourhoods of the Western side of the Tigris River. The displacement crisis in Mosul is likely to become more acute in the near term, as fighting intensifies in the densely populated western parts of the city. -------------------------------------- #mosul #iraq #displaced
  • 6 days ago
    South Sudanese refugees queue for food at the Imvepi Reception Centre, Arua District, Northern Region, Uganda. Uganda cannot handle Africa's biggest refugee crisis alone . It is at breaking point . The world must step up to help . United Nations Refugees Chief #FilippoGrandi and the Government of Uganda today issued a joint appeal to the international community for urgent and massive support for the thousands of South Sudan refugees who continue to arrive to Uganda every day, fleeing brutal conflict, compounded by the limited availability of food. "We continue to welcome our neighbours in their time of need but we urgently need the international community to assist as the situation is becoming increasingly critical”, the Prime Minister of Uganda said . Uganda currently hosts more than 800,000 South Sudanese refugees. Among them are some 572,000 new arrivals who have poured into Uganda in desperate need of safety and help since 8 July 2016. With present rates of arrival, that figure will surpass a million before mid- 2017. This year alone, more than 172,000 South Sudanese refugees have fled to Uganda, with new arrivals in March averaging more than 2,800 daily. UNHCR/David Azia (@d_azia) -------------------------------------- #Uganda #RefugeesWelcome #WithRefugees #UNHCR #refugees #SouthSudan #photooftheday