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Seventy years since the 1951 Refugee Convention was signed, forced displacement is at record levels – more than 82 million people at the end of 2020, and rising every year for the past decade. In the final episode of this series of Forced To Flee, we look at the long-term options for refugees, asylum-seekers and the internally displaced. We meet re…
 
For many refugees trying to work out how to rebuild their lives, solutions can be hard to come by. In “New Beginnings”, we meet refugees who have managed to start over even when rules, regulations and public attitudes seemed stacked against them. From Latin America to Europe to New Zealand, whether cooking up new dishes or cooking up new music, the…
 
“Line of Fire” is the second of two episodes that delve into some of the major emergencies of the past 70 years. We begin with one of the most challenging humanitarian crises that UNHCR has faced: the devastating Bosnian wars of the 1990s, with a particular focus on the airlift that saved countless lives during the infamous siege of Sarajevo. We al…
 
“Emergency” is the first of two episodes on Forced To Flee that take a look at some of the biggest humanitarian crises since the Second World War. Starting with the Soviet crushing of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising, we see how large-scale human displacement gradually came to affect more and more regions of the world, and how the international communit…
 
For many young refugees, early memories of childhood are dominated by conflict, fear and the trauma of losing everything that is comforting and familiar – family, friends, school…In “Pencils and Pictures”, we meet two young refugees who encountered war, loss and what seemed like an endless series of obstacles and setbacks. But through sheer courage…
 
From the world’s biggest refugee camp in Bangladesh, to a stroll down the Champs Elysées (not that one, the other one) to a hair-raising, 1,200-kilometre journey in search of a new start in a Colombian town… “Seeking Shelter” looks at how the forcibly displaced find ways to adapt, survive and thrive once they have reached a place of safety. In Augu…
 
In the opening episode, we tell the story of two refugees who made very different journeys more than 35 years apart, but who faced many similar challenges in their efforts to escape conflict and persecution – including exploitation, abuse and despair before escape, rescue and renewed hope. Thuy is a refugee from Viet Nam who fled in 1979 as one of …
 
In this episode, host Melissa Fleming speaks with Neil Walsh, Chief of Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. He describes the horrific surge of criminals exploiting and abusing children online while they are in lock-down and what he is doing to stop it. He speaks about his belief that “COVID-19 is the great rese…
 
In this opening episode for Season 3 of Awake at Night, host Melissa Fleming speaks with David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, about his own experience being sick with COVID-19 and why people should listen to the science. He also explains why the pandemic is causing an spiraling epidemic of hunger. In Mr. Beasley's words, s…
 
How are health workers, humanitarians and peacekeepers racing to protect the world’s most vulnerable populations from the impact of the COVID-19 virus? In Season 3 of Awake at Night, host Melissa Fleming speaks with some of her remarkable colleagues at the United Nations about what drives them to help.…
 
Adiba Qasim is from the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq. In August 2014, her village was stormed by Islamic State militants who killed and enslaved thousands of Yazidis. Adiba and her family managed to escape just before the militants arrived. She was 19 years old. “At 7:00 in the morning, relatives called my father and said: ‘We are now coming to…
 
For the season 2 finale of UNHCR’s podcast series, the actor and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett talks about what keeps her Awake at Night. Describing her experience of working with UNHCR and meeting refugees as “one of the great privileges of my life”, Blanchett reflects on how it has profoundly altered her perception of human suffering a…
 
Boris Cheshirkov worked for UNHCR as a spokesperson in his native Bulgaria during Europe’s refugee crisis – when thousands of refugees were arriving at the border. It was an extremely tense time. Countries throughout Europe seemed at a loss at how to cope with the flow of desperate people. Anti-refugee feeling was running high. In Bulgaria, an asyl…
 
Fabrizio Hochschild has reached one of the highest positions in the United Nations. But he’s managed this achievement while learning to deal with the trauma he suffered while experiencing the horrors of the war in Bosnia in the 1990s. At times he thought it would cost him his career – but he now champions mental health care within the UN.…
 
Eight years into the war in Syria, UNHCR's Christopher Reardon paid a visit to the house where his friend Hani Al Moulia grew up. Like vast parts of Hani's hometown, it was in a state of ruin.Read the letter and watch videos of Hani here: https://medium.com/we-the-peoples/i-stopped-by-your-house-in-syria-today-but-no-one-was-home-7b33dc301df2…
 
UNHCR’s regional spokesperson in Asia, Vivian Tan, just visited Rakhine State, Myanmar. She sent us this one minute audio updated on conditions on the ground. She describes what she saw, the needs of the displaced, and how UNHCR is assisting.על ידי UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency
 
Two flights were dispatched from Dubai over the weekend, to deliver 3,500 family-sized tents. The tents will provide shelter for about 17,500 internally-displaced people. UNHCR's Adrian Edwards speaks to Sen Lam from ABC Radio Australia.http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/asia-pacific/the-first-of-two-unhcr-airlifts-arrives…
 
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