Read Our Special Feature: Voices from Afghanistan

Our Lives Before

We lived ordinary lives,
complete with ...

...families and friends, home and community..., education, jobs...

...normal routines and typical worries, bright plans for the future.

Until contention, rumors of conflict, angry politics and war triggered fear and anxiety.

Then the unthinkable happened...

the lives of our loved ones' and our own were threatened.

Through no fault of our own, sometimes with no time to plan, we were forcibly driven from home.

In some cases natural disasters and drastically changed climate, economic collapse and discrimination meant basic resources like water, electricity, or food were cut off...

In order to survive, we had to abandon the life we had built and all we knew. We set out on a treacherous journey into the unknown.

Our Lives Before Why We Flee The Journey Arrival Belonging
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