Vira Ustyanska, a 34-year-old artist, fled her home in Zaporizhia, Ukraine, soon after the war started. She now lives in San Diego, California, with a host family waiting for the war to end.

Finding home in California after fleeing war in Ukraine


Amid war and displacement, Ukrainian artist Vira Ustyanska and her daughter find home in San Diego, California, as they wait for the war to end.

Yevdokia, 65, hugs her son Alexander in front of their house, which was heavily damaged by Russia attack, in the retaken area of Izium, Ukraine, on Sept. 14, 2022.

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Men remove debris as they search for people in a destroyed building in Adana, Turkey, Feb. 6, 2023.

After deadly quake in Turkey, rescue teams struggle to help amid frigid temps

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People and rescue teams try to reach trapped residents inside collapsed buildings in Adana, Turkey, Feb. 6, 2023.

Powerful quake rocks Turkey and Syria, kills more than 2,300

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Screenshot from Bahjat official lyric YouTube video "Hometown Smile."

Libyan pop star Bahjat beat the odds. Now he wants to popularize ‘A-pop.’

Joseph Arana Sanchez (center) rehearses on his guitar ahead of a benefit concert for fellow Ukrainians living in Vermont.

This Vermont couple created a home for Ukrainian refugees with a focus on children with disabilities


Theresa and Scott Cianciolo founded Agape Ministries, a Christian nonprofit that works with children and adults with developmental disabilities in Ukraine. After they stopped traveling to Ukraine due to the war, they raised money to create a home for refugees and children with disabilities in Vermont.

A film screening at the FiSahara 2022 film festival

Film festival at refugee camp near Western Sahara amplifies voices of displaced people

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Refugees from Western Sahara host a film festival while in exile to attract attention to their plight nearly 50 years after Morocco invaded their land, forcing hundreds of thousands of them to flee.

Cars line up to cross from Latvia into Russia

Desperate Ukrainians crossing into Latvia while Russians are blocked


Latvia, like the rest of European Union countries, has closed its border to virtually all Russians — even those fleeing conscription into the army. These days, it’s desperate Ukrainians who are crossing into Latvia from Russia, most notably young men fearing they might be drafted, too.

Some of the younger boys of newly arrived Afghan refugees play in their own game at a St. Louis sports facility. The weekly get-together is a chance to exercise and make new friends.

Amid chaos, young Afghan refugees find something familiar in St. Louis — soccer


Dozens of young refugees from Afghanistan gather on Saturday afternoons in St. Louis for something that’s crucial to their successful resettlement in a new land: getting to just be kids.

Migrants cross the Acandi River on their journey north, near Acandi, Colombia, on Sept. 15, 2021. 

‘I survived a green hell’: More Venezuelans are crossing the dangerous Darién Gap


A growing number of people from Venezuela have been making the risky crossing through the Darién Gap in recent weeks. Jose Loya decided to make the difficult trek, citing xenophobia and discrimination as some of the main reasons why he chose to leave Peru, where he was living with his wife and child.