7 episodes

Persecution. Violence. War… Forced To Flee, the new podcast from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, tells the extraordinary stories of people who lived through some of the most tumultuous events of the past 70 years.


The story of the mother who fled Vietnam by sea and fell into the hands of pirates, and of the orphaned schoolboy who found his calling thanks to a disposable camera. The story of the Venezuelan musicians who found hope with a new orchestra, and of the daughter of refugees who joined the rescue effort during Rwanda’s genocide. And stories of the many humanitarian workers who for seven decades have endeavoured to protect the forcibly displaced.


Over seven episodes, we revisit some of the major emergencies of the post-war that have forced millions of people to leave their homes in search of safety and peace.We discover why they fled, what they endured, and what happened next. And as UNHCR and the 1951 Refugee Convention both mark their 70th year, we also look to the future and ask how the world must respond to record levels of forced human displacement.

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Persecution. Violence. War… Forced To Flee, the new podcast from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, tells the extraordinary stories of people who lived through some of the most tumultuous events of the past 70 years.


The story of the mother who fled Vietnam by sea and fell into the hands of pirates, and of the orphaned schoolboy who found his calling thanks to a disposable camera. The story of the Venezuelan musicians who found hope with a new orchestra, and of the daughter of refugees who joined the rescue effort during Rwanda’s genocide. And stories of the many humanitarian workers who for seven decades have endeavoured to protect the forcibly displaced.


Over seven episodes, we revisit some of the major emergencies of the post-war that have forced millions of people to leave their homes in search of safety and peace.We discover why they fled, what they endured, and what happened next. And as UNHCR and the 1951 Refugee Convention both mark their 70th year, we also look to the future and ask how the world must respond to record levels of forced human displacement.

    A Changing World

    A Changing World

    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 refugees who through courage and determination have overcome multiple obstacles to thrive in new places. But we also examine how some countries are making it harder to find refuge; how protracted wars – and political indecision – are forcing millions to wait for solutions; and how climate change, the biggest global challenge of our times, is already becoming a major driving force behind displacement.

    • 32 min
    New Beginnings

    New Beginnings

    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, these men and women used their strengths and talents to turn adversity into success. But for millions of others, the opportunities to return home or to make a new life in a new land can seem well out of reach…

    • 34 min
    Line of Fire

    Line of Fire

    “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 also invite three people who are working in the midst of an ongoing conflict, Yemen, to document a day in their lives as they strive to help some of the millions of people trapped by war, disease, poverty and hunger.

    • 31 min
    Emergency

    Emergency

    “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 community’s response changed over time. And then we revisit the traumatic events of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, as told by four people who were on the ground and who witnessed that disaster unfold. Our history will continue in episode 5, “Line of Fire”…

    • 30 min
    Pencils and Pictures

    Pencils and Pictures

    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 and determination, they discovered their passions – teaching and photography – and in so doing were able to forge their own futures.
    With an unshakeable belief in the power of education, both went on to help other vulnerable youngsters to overcome the same daunting challenges that they once faced.

    • 31 min
    Seeking Shelter

    Seeking Shelter

    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 August 2017, facing unimaginable violence and the destruction of their villages, more than 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar during a brutal military crackdown. In only three years, what had been an area of jungle quickly turned into a refugee camp the size of a full-blown city. In Jordan, meanwhile, some of the millions of displaced Syrians who found shelter in refugee camps have set up thriving markets, businesses, sports clubs, schools and more as they seek to rebuild their lives.
    Today, however, most refugees are to be found not in camps but in urban or semi-urban areas, trying to find decent accommodation, make a living and give their children a good start in life – as the story of a remarkable Venezuelan couple illustrates.

    • 38 min

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