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Photo by @markosian |
It was night when Hanan and her family boarded the boat. "I was scared,” Hanan, who is 15, and grew up in Iraq, told me. "All I saw was water.” Hanan had never seen an ocean before -- and now was one of 50 other refugees whom crammed together onto a rubber boat. As it pushed out to sea and the waves started to rise, water started to rush in. "I didn't know how to swim," Hanan said. "I thought we would drown.” A year later, now in Germany, Hanan stands at the edge of a pool, getting ready to jump in the water for the first time. She is amongst a handful of other refugees learning to swim as a way of overcoming their fear of water and the journey they made.


Photo by: @martinschoeller
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Patricia, 2016
In the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, Patricia, 22, was raped and left to die in the bush. A woman found her, cared for her and sent Patricia to safety in Nairobi, Kenya. Patricia came to the U.S. alone in October 2015, with no knowledge of the fate of her family. Having been given the opportunity for a future of safety and hope, Patricia intends to build a life that honors those who have not been as fortunate. She hopes to become a voice for women who continue to suffer, as well as those who have died.
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Bhimal, 2016
In 1992, Bhimal, 42, and his wife Nila, 38, fled ethnic cleansing in Bhutan. Their son, 14, was born while the couple sought refuge in Nepal. After arriving in New York in 2015, Bhimal quickly secured a full-time job. Bhimal, who learned English in Nepal, practices English with Nila every night, building on the knowledge she has gained through language classes. Their son is enrolled in a local high school and quickly adapting to American culture.
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Soha, 2016
In 2013, Soha and her family left Homs, Syria to escape the Syrian civil war. After two years in Jordan, Soha, her husband and their two children were resettled in New Jersey. Not long after their arrival, Soha’s seven-year-old autistic son began to speak again after remaining silent for much of the time since their flight from Homs.
On @worldrefugeeday, remember humans should help humans. Photo exhibited as part of “REFUGEE” at the @annbergspace in partnership with the @unhcr @usun in 2016. For more work, follow me @martinschoeller and @martinschoellerstudio | #martinschoeller #refugee #unhcr #usun #worldrefugeeday #withrefugees #sharedhumanity


Photo by @noralorek | “I was pregnant when fleeing the war and had to leave my two children with relatives in South Sudan. My husband is a rebel but I haven’t heard from him since I left a year ago. So I don’t know if he’s alive or not”, Nyilet Nyowien, 25 with her five months old daughter Regina Nyasebit who’s born in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement. .
In August 2017 the one millionth refugee from South Sudan entered Uganda in escape of the war.
With most of the refugees being women and children and leaving during shootings at night their bedsheets called Milaya are often one of the few things they carry with them. The handmade patterns have been made in South Sudan and Sudan for generations and the tradition of the Milayas continues in what has become their temporary home while waiting for the war to end. Nyilet was one of the few women who didn’t manage to bring her Milaya. Bidibidi is with its more than 270.000 people considered on of the worlds largest refugee settlements.
On assignment for @natgeo July/August 2017.


Photo by @johnstanmeyer
#worldrefugeeday - Ahmed cries out of fear after crossing into Turkey from Syria with his family, joining more than 200,000 refugees who fled into Turkey when ISIS took over Kobani, Syria. September 20, 2014 ©️John Stanmeyer
June 20th is World Refugee Day. Join me over the next 24 hours as I publish photographs on my IG account @johnstanmeyer, also by friends and colleagues, to raise awareness on this international day of observance to highlight the plight of refugees around our planet.
#worldrefugeeday2018 @natgeo @natgeocreative #turkey #syria #refugees #boy #crying #fear


Photo by @hannahreyesmorales | This World Refugee Day, I am thinking about the women we met in South Sudan and Uganda, who have built homes filled with warmth, love, and tenderness amidst their own trauma in conflict. We were so moved to witness this kind of strength. Pictured here is Sharon, who we met in the Pagirinya refugee settlement in Uganda. Read her story on @natgeo digital - link is on my profile. Thank you to @theIWMF for their support.


Photo by @hammond_robin for @doctorswithoutborders -
“This island is a big asylum because there is the sea, but there is also the fact that you don’t have rights anymore. You don’t have rights,” says Médecins Sans Frontières psychiatrist Alessandro Barberio describing the Greek Island of Lesbos, now home to 8,000 refugees. The conditions in the camp for the refugees exacerbate or even create mental health problems. 19 year old Syrian, Farzat, self harms and has attempted to take his life. The war left him traumatised. The camp provides little chance to heal. “I saw the blood of young children, they all died and that’s how I got a mental disorder, I see it in my sleep. It’s always terrifying when I sleep.”
Refugees stand in the Aegean Sea on Lesbos Island with Turkey behind them.
Moria camp in Lesbos overflows with refugees and their desperation. Inhuman living conditions and a snail-paced relocation process can drive the already traumatized towards depression and suicide - mental health issues that haunt a people with no home. They risked their lives to get to Europe. They thought they had escaped the trauma & would find peace, a future. They were wrong.
#inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with #mentalhealth issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. This work was made in collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières @doctorswithoutboarders who are providing mental health support to the island’s refugees. See the full story on To see more on instagram or share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld


Photo by @kirstenluce. In this photo from 2014, a young mother from Honduras holds her sleeping 18-month old son as she and others turn themselves in to Border agents after crossing the Rio Grande river into Texas.

President Trump’s controversial new policies have resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents upon arrival.

Although there are no simple answers here, I can assure you that no young mother would leave home and carry a baby on an arduous journey unless they are truly desperate.

Background info:
This photo was taken in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, which is the busiest corridor for migration in the United States. The vast majority of arrivals hail from Central America.
It’s worth noting that this particular stretch of the border, near Anzalduas Park, already has a border wall (which is barely visible in the distance of this photo). Since it is structurally impossible to construct a wall in the actual river, the border wall is several hundred meters north of the actual border. This wall does NOT stop migrants from stepping foot on American soil and turning themselves in to authorities to request asylum.

#migration #usmexicoborder #riograndevalley #migration #honduras #refugee #usborderpatrol #cbp #trump #immigration #lamigra


Photo by @dguttenfelder // Sponsored by @Yellowstone on @ParamountNetwork // Truck tire tracks wind through the pasture on the Chief Joseph Ranch near the town of Darby, Montana. In 2014, after 20 years of living and working as a photographer outside my native USA, I moved home to begin an assignment for @natgeo on Yellowstone National Park. During my year in state, I fell for the glory of Montana’s rugged beauty and tough but generous people. This past May, I was lucky enough to return to western Montana to experience the Bitterroot region's springtime season. // Academy Award Winner Kevin Costner stars in Paramount Network’s @Yellowstone, an original television series from the writer of ‘Sicario’ and ‘Hell or High Water,’ Taylor Sheridan. #Yellowstone premieres Tonight 9/8c on @ParamountNetwork.


Photo by @andreabruce | A woman dries her hair in a slum in New Delhi, India. Open defecation may happen in India's villages more often, but it has a deeper impact on the water supply in India's slums. Organizations like Water Aid work to provide toilets and running water in the slums of cities like New Delhi. But they are a small fraction of what is necessary to maintain a healthy water supply and sanitary living conditions. Water is often supplied by the government for one hour every morning causing a mad rush to the taps. India has made sanitation a primary goal. Shot for the August 2017 issue. #india #sanitation


Photo by @kchete77 (Karla Gachet) | A Waorani boy plays with two monkeys his father hunted deep in the Yasuni National Park in the community of Gabaro in eastern Ecuador. The ecologically and culturally rich area is at risk from an increasing demand for the large natural reserves of oil stored underground. This photograph was taken #onassignment for @natgeo in 2012. #native #uncontacted #amazon #Ecuador #hunters


Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // A massive male Southern Sea Lion takes a nap next to his week-old pup on a remote island in the subantarctic. #followme at @cristinamittermeier to see more images of marine wildlife from around the world.


Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). Evening light after the barley harvest; it is tea time at Bakh Shoh’s home / What an immense privilege it has been to share the life and witness the kindness of the people of the Wakhan Corridor on and off over the last 19 years! For more images from this region, please follow @paleyphoto / Shot on assignment for an upcoming @natgeo story with @outofedenwalk #unpublished #afghanistan #goldendress #powerfulwomen #xik


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