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July 1st, 2009
Crossing Heaven's Border
Video: Refugee Escape Stories from Around the World

Every refugee has a story. Fleeing wars, repressive governments, ethnic and religious persecution, they make often epic journeys, risking their lives to start anew. Last year alone, nearly 14 million people from around the world became refugees. More than 60,000 settled in the United States.

Below are the stories of nine refugees. They’ve fled the war in Iraq, genocide in Rwanda, and religious persecution in Tibet. They’ve disguised themselves as bus drivers and fishermen, hiked through the Himalayas, and lived in the jungle. Click on a face to hear that person recall their journey.

If you are a refugee, we want to hear the story of your journey. Tell your story in the comments section below or email to learn how to contribute a video.

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