Refugee and migrants often face staggering challenges and risks when fleeing contexts of conflict, persecution or poverty. Some of them agreed to share their experience with us, telling us stories of hardship, but also of gratitude and hope for a better future.
Geneva, 1 October 2019 - Imagine having to pack a few of your most precious belongings in haste before fleeing overnight across international borders. Holakou Rahmanian, a former Iranian refugee now resettled in the United States, doesn’t have to imagine that. At 23, he left family, friends and the only place he'd known as home, not knowing if he could ever return. His crime? Talking about his Bahá’í faith and wanting to pursue higher education.
Geneva, 4 June 2018 - “I would have never believed I was falling into a trap,” says Aminata, a young woman who left Guinea after receiving an offer of good employment abroad. Instead, she became a victim of abuse, slave-like conditions and harassment. Her fate is shared by countless young women from West and East Africa.
Mafraq, 15 January 2018 - A Syrian refugee boy is using photography to document the triumphs and challenges of his life in a host community in Jordan. Learning how to take photos has encouraged him to see things in a new way. Mahmoud, 15, started taking photos of his life as a refugee in Mafraq six months ago. Mafraq is a frontier city in northern Jordan, close to the Syrian border.
Islamabad, 13 November 2017 - Sometimes small gestures of kindness can go a long way towards restoring a shared sense of humanity. For example, gestures like Muhammad’s, a Pakistani boy who inspired people to do more to support refugee children in Islamabad. Refugee children in Pakistan often struggle to access quality education. The public-school system is overstretched and the UN Refugee Agency only funds elementary school programs for children up to 10-11 years.