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The Miracle of Life

I entered the in-patient ward feeling giddy. I’d just observed the birth of a healthy baby boy and was euphoric, noting how the harsh realities of a refugee camp could be transformed by the joy of welcoming new life. In…

After Years of Despair, A Syrian Woman Finds Her Purpose

Shaza is a young Syrian woman. Seven years ago, her life turned upside down. War destroyed her home and extinguished her dreams. As we sit inside a tent in a refugee settlement in Lebanon, I’m instantly drawn to her quiet…

The Heartache and Happiness of Pregnant Women

When Nur Ankiz began feeling pain in her abdomen, she knew she was about to give birth. At first, the pain seemed normal to the mother of 12. It turned out to be anything but. Nur Ankiz fell to the…

8 Fascinating Facts from our 2018 Annual Report

The ink is nearly dry on our full 2018 Annual Report, and we are eager to share just a handful of ways that supporters like you had an enormous impact on people’s lives last year. But before we dive too…

Storms Impact Refugees in Lebanon

Imagine being a refugee. After escaping certain death in your home country, leaving behind everything including your identity, you now live in a ramshackle shanty with few rights. Years pass. You settle into a routine, holding tightly to the dream…

This Holiday Season, Understand the Human Toll of Refugee Crisis

A line of hundreds of Rohingya refugees awaiting entry to a camp in Bangladesh. As we celebrate this Advent season, a time of anticipation, wonder, prayer and reflection before Christmas, we find ourselves at an unprecedented time in modern history,…

The Top 18 Photos of 2018

As 2018 ends, we reflect on lives transformed. Because our work is motivated by the belief that every person matters, we believe it’s important to know these people as individuals. Their lives have been upturned by devastating events, experiences we…

Rohingya Spotlight: The Journey Continues

Two weeks ago, Bangladesh deemed it safe for Rohingya refugees to return to their homes in Myanmar. Rohingya families were skeptical. Having escaped what the United Nations describes as systemic abuse and violence, these families — now occupying camps in…

Joy After Loss: Janet’s Story

Few things compare to the joy of holding a newborn baby for the first time. For mothers who have experienced violence, terror and loss, the happy relief of delivering a healthy baby is even greater.

More than Statistics: Melissa Fleming’s Powerful Message of Hope

  Melissa Fleming, head spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency, speaks at Portland’s Healthy Women, Healthy World luncheon. “No one leaves home, unless home is the mouth of a shark.” Warsan Shire, Somali poet “Statistics are human beings with the…