The Human Story
Behind the numbers
Behind the statements and statistics are real people with harrowing tales of suffering and loss, as well as hope and ambition. UNHCR believes it must give a voice to those who otherwise could not speak. Our staff regularly gathers human stories of refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless people and publishes these on the website. This way people living in peace and comfort can better understand why the forcibly displaced and stateless need compassion and care. Hear the stories of hardship, courage, struggle and perseverance below.
A new UNHCR campaign highlights the impact of war on families, showing how war or persecution can change a family’s future in just 1 minute
For seven years, an Ethiopian refugee in Hungary has struggled to gain permission for his family to join him.
An Iraqi refugee and his family benefit from Bulgaria’s humane approach to family reunification.
Among asylum-seekers and refugees searching for new lives in Poland, Bulgaria, and Slovakia, homelessness and destitution are real and persistent threats
Mehmet has overcome many challenges to land a secure job selling kitchenware in Warsaw, giving him independence and a chance to pursue his dream of an acting career