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.
Rawalpindi, 7 April 2017 - Parisa* is a 17-year-old girl from Afghanistan, currently living in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Together with her mother and four siblings, she fled her home country at age 15, escaping not only conflict and persecution but also unbearable domestic violence.
Amman, 8 March 2017 - Shima* is a survivor of early marriage and sexual violence. A 30-year-old from Homms, Syria, she left her country for Jordan in 2012, due to the ongoing conflict. After years of suffering from social stigmatization, she finally sees herself as ‘an equal’.
Islamabad, 25 February 2017 - Yasser* arrived in Pakistan with the dream of pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Sciences. A few months after his departure, however, a war broke out in Yemen. Yasser found himself cut off from his family, unable to make any contact with his wife and son: he thought he had lost them forever. Hopeless and alone, Yasser registered as a refugee with UNHCR while trying to make a living in Pakistan.
Islamabad, 23 February 2017 - Alaf* is a young girl of 12, originally from Afghanistan. In spite of her very young age, she has already lived through a number of terrible experiences, which seriously affected her health and wellbeing as well as her capacity to trust others. Luckily, Alaf was finally approved by UNHCR for resettlement to the United States. In December 2016, she could finally board a plane which took her to a new beginning overseas.