Refugee Stories

Humans have always told stories. Stories help individuals learn about themselves. Stories teach lessons about the values of communities and help keep traditions alive. Stories impact the way we think about ourselves in relation to the world around us. Stories have the ability to break down boundaries between people and societies. In the spring of 2016 students from Queens University of Charlotte set out to learn about global refugee crises through the voices of those who have been displaced from their homes. These videos form the foundation for a digital archive that will be developed over the coming years.   To hear more about these stories visit the links below.

Bertin Mangongo describes the Rwandan genocide and its impact on his flight from the Democratic Republic of Congo


Former Iranian refugee Hassan Shiraz speaks of flight and hope for future.

David Pau speaks of missing his homeland of Burma and opportunities in the United States.

Thakur Mishra and Hari Dhimal fled Bhutan and share their experiences resettling in the United States.

Walfrido and Zulema came to the United States from Cuba. They reflect on their homeland, education, and the US as “a land of opportunity.”

Refugees often relocate a second time after they resettle in the United States. Former Bosnian refugee Minela Tirzec discusses the process of resettlement, friendships with fellow refugees, and returning home.