Life as a refugee can be difficult to imagine. Tens of millions of people globally are forced to flee their homes due to reasons like war or persecution.
In contribution to our 2020 Partner Project series, we selected a subset of European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) images to shed light on the refugee crisis. These emotion-evoking images of around the world document individual stories of struggle and life as a refugee.
Life in Jordan
An approximately ninety years old Palestinian refugee, Halima Abdehadi Mhamed, shows a revenue tax payment receipt to prove that she did have a home in what used to be Palestine, at her house, in the Baqa'a Palestinian refugee urban camp, near Amman, Jordan, 18 June 2020. She is originally from Dhekrein near Hebron in what used to be Palestine. She left her village with her family to flee violence first in 1948 then moved again another three times, always further towards Jordan, until they reached the Baqa'a Palestinian refugee urban camp after the 1967 flair of violence. She worked as a farmer and has no direct family. (AAP/EPA/Andre Pain)
Children of Palestine
A Palestinian refugee boy stands on destroyed cars near his family house in Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip, 24 June 2020. (AAP/EPA/Mohammed Saber)
A Palestinian girl stands in her family house, in Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip, 29 June 2020. With high rates of unemployment and a lack of work opportunities in Gaza, an increasing number of families are facing poverty after losing work due to the ongoing 13-year blockade on Gaza. (AAP/EPA/Mohammed Saber)
Palestinian refugee children play near their families house in Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip, 24 June 2020. (AAP/EPA/Mohammed Saber)
A Palestinian refugee girl plays in the streets of Khan Younis refugee camp in southern Gaza Strip, 19 June 2020. Nearly one-third of the registered Palestine refugees, i.e. more than 1.5 million individuals, live in 58 recognized Palestine refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. (AAP/EPA/Mohammed Saber)
A Palestinian refugee child walks in a narrow alley at Al Ein refugee camp near the West Bank City of Nablus, 18 June 2020. (AAP/EPA/Alaa Badarneh)
A Palestinian refugee girl poses for a photograph near her family house in Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip, 24 June 2020. (AAP/EPA/Mohammed Saber)
Adapting to new realities in Egypt
Najat Aziz, 53, an Iraqi refugee who lives in Egypt poses for a photo in Cairo, Egypt, 17 June 2020. Aziz is a Sunni Iraqi who is living in Egypt since 2003 after she was forced to leave Baghdad by the Shiite militants who threatened to kill her and her daughter.
According to the UNHCR, more and more refugees are now based in an urban setting outside refugee camps, almost half of the refugees worldwide do so. Some crisis' have lasted so long, that the tent camps are being built up in urban areas. Some refugees depend on international help through NGO's but many simply start a new life changing everything for the purpose of adapting to their new realities. (AAP/EPA/Mohamed Hossam)
A new life in Turkey
Syrian refugees enjoy their weekend at Menekse Beach, amid the ongoing pandemic of the COVID-19 disease in Istanbul, Turkey, 21 June 2020. According to reports, Turkey is home to the world's largest refugee population, with over 3.6 million Syrian refugees and close to 400,000 refugees and asylum seekers of other nationalities. (AAP/EPA/Sedat Suna)
Making a living in Paris, France
Taha Siddiqui, 35, works inside The Dissident Club, which is managed by him and his wife Sara Farid, 40, in Paris, France, 19 June 2020. Taha Siddiqui and his wife Sara Farid (pictured below) are Pakistani refugees in France, living in exile in Paris since February 2018.
On the morning of 10 January 2018, Pakistani military personnel carried out a failed abduction and possible assassination attempt when he was on his way to Islamabad airport for a flight to London. Siddiqui escaped during the kidnapping attempt, and the Pakistan Army subsequently accused him of speaking against the state. Siddiqui is an investigative journalist and opinion-writer, and has reported from South Asia and Afghanistan. In 2014, Siddiqui won the prestigious French Pulitzer Prize for his documentary on the spread of polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan. (AAP/EPA/Mohammed Badra)
Sara Farid has been a journalist for the past 15 years and an artist whose work has been exhibited worldwide. She produced radio and television news and photographed for The New York Times, Reuters and AFP from Pakistan. Her work is dedicated to women and displaced/marginalized communities. Farid continues her photojournalism in France with The New York Times and Al-Jazeera covering gender and politics. (AAP/EPA/Mohammed Badra)
Entissar Jamous, a Syrian refugee poses inside the charity organization 'La Pagaille' in Paris, France, 19 June 2020, where she helps to cook. The 49-year-old does some voluntary activities in Paris. (AAP/EPA/Mohammed Badra)
In Syria, she worked as a Dental Technician for 15 years. She left Syria to Lebanon in 2013, then arrived to Paris in 2015. Mother of three sons and one daughter, Jamous works hard to be integrated in the French community. (AAP/EPA/Mohammed Badra)
Afghan refugees in Pakistan
Afghan refugees wait to fill jerrycans with water from a community well at their refugee camp on the eve of World Refugee Day, in Pishin, Balochistan province, Pakistan, 19 June 2020. Pakistan hosts more than 1.5 million Afghan refugees and has repatriated more than one hundred thousand refugees back to their country in the last two years. (AAP/EPA/Jamal Taraqai)
Aimal Khan, 26, an Afghan refugee living in Pakistan for years, works at motorcycle repairing workshop in Peshawar, KPK province, Pakistan, 19 June 2020. (AAP/EPA/Bilawal Arbab)
Rohingya refugees in Indonesia
Rohingya Muslims sit on a wooden boat adrift the water of Lhoksukon, North Aceh, Indonesia, 24 June 2020. Dozens of Rohingya refugees were rescued by Indonesian fishermen and officials drifting on a broken boat. (AAP/EPA/Zikri)
Rohingya refugees learn Arabic at a shelter ahead of World Refugee Day in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 19 June 2020. (AAP/EPA/Dedi Sinuhaji)
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