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Dedicated TSOS team members work hard to collect refugees’ stories and to advocate on their behalf. Learn more about the work, the people and the stories! Our team is always at hand to inform, present or answer your questions.

Press Release

In concert with World Refugee Day celebrations, One Journey Festival, whose mission is to amplify refugee voices and enhance public awareness of refugee talents and contributions, hosted its 2nd annual event at the National Cathedral at the end of June drawing more than 5,000 participants. TSOS was there along with 200+ businesses and refugee support organizations for the day-long festival featured music, dance, storytelling, soccer, a take action tent, virtual reality, speakers, refugee-owned food trucks, a robust marketplace, unity parade, and more.

June 29, 2019

Press Release

Are you feeling helpless and wish you knew who and how to help? While in Arizona, we met and interviewed many organizations that are on the ground, in the trenches, meeting the immediate and urgent needs of those coming directly from ICE detention centers.

June 25, 2019

Press Release

Food is a universal way of communicating who we are, where we've come from, and what we have to offer those around us. There are few things more central and foundational to our human connectedness than through the act of breaking bread together.

June 24, 2019

Press Release

On June 20, 2019 representatives from our TSOS-D.C. team celebrated World Refugee Day at the Sunset Run for Refugees, walking the 2-mile route from George Washington University to Lincoln Memorial.

June 20, 2019

Blog

I can't help but be reminded of this truth, that is screaming through my exhausted body and soul today: THEIR STORY IS MY STORY.

June 7, 2019

Blog

It comes as no surprise that mental health issues are common among refugees. Fleeing your home and country means loss and disconnection, but knowing what disconnects can help build reconnection.

April 30, 2019

Refugee Perspectives

My name is Hamed. This is my poem. I am from Afghanistan, in Kabul. I worked with the US Army as an interpreter. When the American troops left Afghanistan, the lives of all the interpreters were in danger. Many times we were threatened by the Taliban. I made it to safety in Switzerland and volunteer with Their Story is Our Story to help gather and share the stories of others forced to flee.

April 24, 2019

Blog

Notre Dame reminds me of the tradition of sanctuary, offering refuge and aid to those in need, especially strangers and foreigners. As heartbreaking as it is to see the destruction of Notre Dame, it has been heartening for me to witness from afar the entire city of Paris gathering in solidarity and pledging to rebuild.

April 16, 2019

Blog

Their Story is Our Story finds out the meaning of “shanti khana” and the importance of women-friendly spaces in Cox's Bazar refugee settlement, Bangladesh.

April 2, 2019

Blog

Their Story is Our Story (TSOS) asks what role we play in photographing and filming vulnerable refugees: is it a moral obligation to tell these stories when refugees themselves cannot, or an amoral exploitation?

March 20, 2019
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Global Refugee Archive

The unique database of the stories collected by TSOS, as well as by our partner organizations, that are made available to the public, academic researchers, and humanitarians. Housed at BYU’s Harold B. Lee library, the archive is currently under construction and will be activated in April 2021. At that time, it is expected that the archive will hold hundreds of stories, with new stories added each month.

Special Projects

Let Me Tell You My Story

Let Me Tell You My Story is a gathering of stories collected by TSOS in hardback book format. This volume debuts personal stories of the men, women and children who, through no fault of their own, became refugees.

Heartbreaking, hopeful and unapologetically honest, these firsthand accounts highlight the resistance, resilience and grit of the human spirit, and serve as a lesson to us all about compassion and community.

Published by Familius, this 332-page Amazon best-selling hardback book features photographs by Portraitist of France 2017, Christophe Mortier and award-winning UK-based photographer, Lindsay Silsby, as well as illustrations by award-winning portraitist, Elizabeth Thayer.

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The Story of Our Journey

Phoenix, AZ Showing: Friday, Jan. 22, 5pm MT

After two successful online showings this year, The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture will be showing The Story of Our Journey on their YouTube channel here at 5pm Mountain Time on January 22nd, where you may interact directly with the creative team on YouTube during the performance.

An educational and advocacy tool, the film project can be customized to fit the needs of academic institutions, public schools, IGOs and NGOs, and other interested parties, as well as an installation in museums or at conferences. If you are interested in hosting the film project, please contact us.

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