17 episodes

Extraordinary personal stories from people who have put themselves in harm’s way to help refugees.

Awake At Night UNHCR

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Extraordinary personal stories from people who have put themselves in harm’s way to help refugees.

    Home Is the People Around You

    Home Is the People Around You

    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.

    She was haunted by the knowledge that many of her friends and relatives were taken captive by Islamic State and held as sex slaves. Some survived – and when they were freed, Adiba was there to help.

    • 44 min
    The Path of Compassion

    The Path of Compassion

    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 and the capacity to hope.

    • 46 min
    We Are Coming To Kill You

    We Are Coming To Kill You

    Boris Cheshirkov worked for UNHCR as a spokesperson in his native Bulgaria during Europe’s refugee crisis. 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 asylum seeker was shot dead at the border. But when Boris spoke out against the violence, he himself became the target of a virulent online hate campaign.

    • 45 min
    Born to help others

    Born to help others

    Shahrzad Tadjbakhsh is an effective and tireless advocate of human rights. A lawyer, she holds a senior position at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, working on refugee protection. But she has never lost her human touch. Perhaps it’s a legacy of her own experience as a refugee when she was just 10 years old. In 1979, her father was serving as the Iranian ambassador in India. But following the revolution in Iran, the whole family had to flee from Delhi.

    • 47 min
    Magic and Beauty

    Magic and Beauty

    Even in the middle of a war zone, Bruno Geddo manages to light up the room and make people smile, maybe even laugh. He is somebody who deeply appreciates different cultures in the world and sees beauty in the ugliest of times. For 30 years now, he has been helping the victims of conflict in the world’s most dangerous places with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. His most recent posting was to Iraq, from where he spoke about the impact of the violent battle with the Islamic State.

    • 43 min
    Not Here to Judge You

    Not Here to Judge You

    Monique Sokhan fled from the terror of the Khmer Rouge and the genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s, when she was just a small child. Many of her family members who stayed behind did not survive. As she felt a responsibility to do something that would make them proud, she decided to work for refugees. But her first job for UNHCR was in Thailand, as a Protection Officer in camps for Khmer Rouge refugees.

    • 46 min

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