Category: Stories

Ramadan: How will you spend your seconds?

April 19, 2021

“Tear gas, tear gas…close your eyes and get down.”  Words uttered by my mother as we reached the Iraqi-Jordanian border while escaping from Kuwait during the first Gulf War. That moment, at the young age of 7,  was the first time I had ever seen tears coming down my mother’s face as she screamed helplessly knowing…

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A UNHCR scholarship changes the life of a Palestinian refugee in Iraq

April 16, 2021

It was a hot summer day in Baghdad in June 2018, Abdallah was coming home from school, he had high school final exams. When he reached home, he felt that something was wrong. From that day onward, nothing would be the same again, his grandfather had died. Abdallah was devastated and was unable to finish…

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Some kids are forced to grow up too soon.

April 14, 2021

Some moments in life change you. To each one of us there is this second, that turn things upside down. The first day at school, the first time we fall in love, the first job we get. Mine, happened when I first went to a field visit with UNHCR. Before joining the team in Beirut,…

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Vienna Museum Visit is Part of Refugees’ Self-help Plan to Settle in

May 21, 2020

IN A COOL MUSEUM ON A HOT DAY, WE STAND SPELLBOUND BEFORE A SCREEN THAT SHOWS HOW HEAT IS RADIATING FROM OUR BODIES. “LOOKS LIKE ART, BUT IT IS SCIENCE,” SOMEONE WHISPERS. Members of the non-profit, self-help association Refugees for Refugees (R4R) have chosen Vienna’s Technical Museum for their latest group outing to a museum….

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Meet Our Team: a Letter from the Field

May 21, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters, My name is Firas Khatib. I worked with UNHCR for five years inside Syria and now I’m based in Bangladesh supporting our response to the Rohingya refugee crisis. I want to reflect here on our collective efforts to help refugees and to express my thoughts on what it means when war…

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