World Refugee Day There are over 45 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world. UNHCR estimates someone is forced to abandon their home every four seconds. Worldwide, 20 June is commemorated as the World Refugee Day. We mark this day with a selection of video stories from the Asia-Pacific region.
We begin with Migration, the story of an Afghan Hazara family that sought refuge in Australia. The open sea both carried them there and afforded one of their sons a future in surfing.
In Search of Shelter In Search of Shelter highlights the efforts of Burmese asylum seekers and refugees in Malaysia who have united to establish basic facilities like health clinics and primary schools. However, as Malaysia does not officially recognise refugees, many of the teachers themselves are arrested by the police.
This video comes from Crossroads, EngageMedia's video project on migrant workers, refugees and stateless people in Malaysia.
Indonesia - The Wrong Choice?
This is a testimony of a Timorese man who, fearing reprisals, chose to relocate to Indonesia after Timor Leste became an independent state. Did he vote wrongly in the referendum?
The Social Game
A journey into the camps in Kachin State, Myanmar, which houses refugees of the ongoing war between the Kachin Independence Army and the Government. The Social Game won second prize for best Southeast Asian Short at the 2012 ChopShots Film Festival.
Wars and Waves In Sri Lanka, a natural disaster and ongoing conflict have displaced hundreds of thousands of people. This documentary depicts the trials and tribulations of the displaced.
More Stories to Share Visit the UNHCR Refugee Stories site for more stories of refugees from across the globe told through text, photographs, and video.