The world is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Millions of people from dozens of countries have been forced to flee from their homes because of war, violence and persecution. This project explores the personal stories behind the desperate journeys of women fleeing violence and civil war in Syria and Iraq, two countries at the heart of the crisis. Focusing on their challenges and losses, as well as their hope and resilience, we hope to introduce Refinery29 readers to the human beings behind the headlines.
Earlier this year, Refinery29 set out to learn about the lives of these women, meeting them on the ground in Turkey and speaking to them by phone from New York City, as they struggle to rebuild their lives far from home. Their powerful stories are told through intimately-shot videos, in-depth interviews and a custom-designed digital experience that gives readers a sense of what it is really like to flee the only home you have ever known and dive into a world of pain, uncertainty — and opportunity.