The refugee crisis is really many refugee crises–people around the world forced to flee their homes for strange, sometimes unwelcoming lands out of a complex of reasons: war, famine, flood, politics personal and national.
The stories that refugees have within them exist long before and after the instant they become known to the larger world by dint of an article. And for the journalists there to cover that trauma of a refugee’s life, they often stay with them as well.
To mark World Refugee Day, The Washington Post asked five of its correspondents who report on refugee crises to each pick a story they’ve covered that they still think about.
In highlighting those stories, reporters describe how they were first introduced to the people they wrote about, and how those relationships evolved over time.
“The Jinaid family ended up giving me days — days in which I came to better understand the hardships and complex family emotions that erupt during a refugee’s flight to safety,” wrote Berlin bureau chief Anthony Faiola of a family he encountered in Greece who initally agreed to speak for a few minutes. “They offered insight into one profound truth: Refugees are creatures of circumstance, not of choice. Perhaps that is the single biggest point to remember on World Refugee Day.”
Check out all the stories here.