Stories of refugees and aid workers

The Journey of a Lifetime

Tens of millions of people around the world have fled their homes to escape war or persecution. Thousands more follow every day. Another girl, boy, woman or man every time you blink.

We created this website to share some of their extraordinary stories of survival, hope and home.

Here at TRACKS you’ll meet children like Mahmoud, who fled one country and then another, and entrepreneurs like Ayman, who raises songbirds in a refugee camp. TRACKS also introduces UNHCR staff members who reflect on their experiences as aid workers through first-person blogs.

TRACKS began with a focus on Syrians displaced and dispersed by a relentless, brutal war. Now it takes you all over the world. While the massive scale of these humanitarian crises is hard to fathom, we hope these stories will help show the human costs of conflict in a way that is easy to grasp and impossible to ignore.

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Established in 1951, it now has a staff of more than 10,000 working in 130 countries. It has twice been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.