World Refugee Day commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of forcibly displaced refugees around the world. According to UNHCR, as of May 2023, 117.2 million people have been forced to leave their homes due to conflict, violence, human rights violations, and persecution. Of these, half are children.
Teachers: Visit the free MY HERO Lesson Plan for World Refugee Day. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.
This showcase of films includes experimental voices that take us deeper into compassion for the plight of refugees.
This expressionistic film offers the point of view of the refugees in crisis. Mantra chronicles the dangerous obstacles refugees face on their journeys to reach safer harbors.
Knowing they may never be able to return home, many refugees have decided to set out on the dangerous and perilous journey for a new life in Europe.
This film was produced for World Refugee Day, to publicize and spread awareness on HIAS' mission and values for the last 130 years.
Jayne Fleming is the leader of the Reed Smith Refugee Protection Project, a mobile legal clinic offering legal and psychosocial support to some of Jordan’s most vulnerable refugees – mostly from Syria, Iraq, and Sudan.
The following stories show the impact of displacement on refugees and the strength needed to overcome numerous obstacles.
Rejina's Nepalese grandfather was forced to leave Butan with only the clothes on his back.
MY HERO Suggested Video
"Malala Yousafzai - Helping Refugee Girls with “We Are Displaced” & Malala Fund | The Daily Show" (2019) by TrevorNoahShowUSA
Malala Yousafzai discusses her efforts to humanize refugees by sharing their stories and explains why Malala Fund stresses education.
Dr. Hawa Abdi turned her family's land into a hospital to serve displaced Somalians during the civil war.
Click on the Listen and Read Along icon in the following stories so you can hear the audio as you read.
Great for ESL students and the visually impaired!
Art created by world refugees in different parts of the globe to illustrate the hopes and dreams of settling into a new life
Stories from the Christian Science Monitor
Hero Stories curated by MY HERO General Editors Deborah Neff and Abigail Richardson.
Audio curated by MY HERO Audio director Stu Pearlman.
Organizer created on 6/17/2015 7:08:45 AM by Jeanne Meyers
Last edited 5/15/2023 12:28:45 PM by Abigail Richardson