When historians look back on 2020, they will remember a difficult year — from the COVID-19 pandemic to the devastating Beirut explosion and the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. At a time marked by these and other immense challenges, UNHCR maintained our presence on the ground working with our partners to providing life-saving aid to displaced people and support to host communities. While doing so, we also witnessed some incredible moments of kindness and solidarity.
Join us as we reflect on five moments of love shared between refugees and their host communities, friends, strangers, refugee advocates and more.
It’s been a few weeks since UNHCR Canada, the UN Refugee Agency, published our first ever e-cookbook, “Tastes from Home: Recipes from the Refugee Community”. The outpouring of support we’ve seen from Canadians, advocates and refugees from around the world has been incredible — and the team at UNHCR Canada was honoured to work with all the contributors in the cookbook.
The fourteen refugees who were featured in the cookbook have incredible pasts full of resilience, hope and fear. Their stories are featured in “Tastes from Home”, but there is so much more to these inspiring folks than one page…
Refugees and displaced communities have drastically different experiences: many are displaced inside their countries, others have crossed seas and borders to find safety and some have been resettled in Canada. What unites them are acts of kindness they have exchanged along their journey. Here are five heartwarming stories about refugees, host communities and Canadians embracing the spirit of kindness.
Forty years ago, Father Gauthier, a priest at a church near Edmonton, Alberta asked for volunteers to help sponsor a family of Vietnamese refugees. Though Vicky and Leona were two busy young mothers with children of their own, they didn’t…
When conflict, violence or war forces refugee families from their countries, seniors are at particular risk of abuse and neglect. Already battling mobility issues and chronic illnesses, being a refugee is another burden which only makes them more vulnerable. Despite their struggles, refugee grandmothers and grandfathers go above and beyond to care for their families. Here are five incredible stories of grandparents from around the world looking after their loved ones and newcomers to their communities.
Morato, a 75-year-old painter, spends his days creating murals on the walls of Grandpa’s House, a care centre for seniors in Colombia. The…
Nobody should be forced to flee their home for being who they are or loving who they love. But LGBTQ refugees can — and often do — seek safety and protection because they fear being persecuted based on the sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or sex characteristics. To celebrate the strength and resilience of displaced persons who have sacrificed so much to embrace their true selves, here are five stories about LGBTQ refugees in Canada and beyond.
By Hannah Scott
Over half of the world’s refugees are under the age of 18 — children who have been uprooted from their homes due to conflict, persecution, and violence. For many, their fathers have shown incredible bravery and resilience as they seek a safer life for their children. Refugee dads care for their loved ones while facing extraordinary obstacles. Here are five stories about the incredible love and dedication of these incredible men.
By Hannah Scott
Eighty per cent of all refugees are women or children, and 61 per cent of refugee homes are headed by females. Behind these statistics are millions of refugee women and girls who demonstrate incredible strength and resilience. Being a mother is no easy feat, and refugee mothers face extraordinary circumstances as they flee war, conflict and persecution while caring for loved ones.
We are inspired by the refugee women who look after their children, families and communities despite the hardships and struggles they face. …
By Lynn Al Nasser
Millions of Muslims around the world will observe a Ramadan like no other this year: a Ramadan of separation and isolation.
For 30 days, Muslims are required to fast — no food or water — from sunrise to sunset, as they continue with day-to-day life. It is a time for families and communities to gather and break their fast (Iftar) together.
While self-isolating for the safety of our community and loved ones this Ramadan, many of us will be apart from our friends and family. For millions of refugees and displaced people, this is a reality…
Climate change and natural disasters can contribute to — or worsen — threats faced by refugees who have been uprooted due to conflict, poverty or persecution. With climate-related displacement already a reality, UNHCR is taking action to help those affected.
UNHCR is working with partners, host communities and refugees to provide support to persons displaced in the context of disasters and climate change. With more environmental disasters happening every year, the amount of people who need protection from climate-related events continues to grow.
From saving lives during environmental disasters to using renewable energy, here are five stories of how UNHCR…
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