Ana-Maria M’Enesti

A Passion for Culture and Language

In the outskirts of Cluj-Napoca, Romania’s second most populous city nestled in the heart of Transylvania, there stands an unfinished house.

Minaski De

Surviving the Liberation

When Minaski De was born in 1958, the area where her Hindu family lived was called East Pakistan. Then came the bloody Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.

Sankar Raman

Striking Universal Chords

Jan Porvas was only seven years old when he picked up the drum that would change his life. Surrounded by his friends and family at home, he was captivated by

Sankar Raman

Keeping Our People Alive

As a child, Mohsin Jamal was terrified every time the sun set in his neighborhood in western Kabul. The Taliban would roam the streets at night, abducting young boys

Karen Weliky

Painting A Better Future

A rosary and his mom’s blessing are all Roberto Oran took when he left his small village in Mexico. His faith kept him going, but his belief in higher education […]

Karen Weliky

Escaping the Taliban Through Art

When Ghu Ali Danish Kamal and his family arrived in Portland from Afghanistan, they were provided with $722 in cash. He headed straight to the art store  

Sankar Raman

Coming Home to America

Living a half block from the beach may sound luxurious, but growing up in the 1970s in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, Thao Nguyen said it was a sign of poverty. 

Mohammad Rahmani

Really Hard to Get Back Up

It was 11 in the morning on Aug. 9, 2021, when Mohammed and his family entered a German-run clinic in Kabul to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. Later that night,  

Sankar Raman

Just Waiting for a Miracle

“Just waiting for miracles. That was pretty much my day,” Marceline Washikala reflects on her life growing up in a series of refugee camps. 

Alexandra Shyshkina

Longing To Return Home

“My family and I thought this would be over soon,” Volodymyr Shyshkin says. When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Shyshkin thought that the war would end  

Katie Livermore

Saving Ukraine from Miles Away

Misha Zyryanov grew up running around the slow paced town of Uzhhorod, Ukraine, smoking cigarettes where nobody could see him. The Uzh river separated  

Alicia Alvarez Mon

A Ticket To Opportunity

Alicia Alvarez-Mon found the sense of freedom she was looking for as she gazed over the roofs of Paris from her small attic room. She had just started her first […]

Sankar Raman

When the War Comes

When Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022, everything changed for Natalia Dychko. As a child in Kyiv, she had never imagined that her country, Ukraine, would not always  

Sankar Raman

The Search for a New Home

After 11 years apart, Pyae Sone Aung finally has hopes of reuniting with his wife and son. Originally from a small town in Myanmar, Aung has gone from country  

Sankar Raman

Opening Doors for Others

In the vastness of the skies above, where dreams take flight, sits Safia Ferozi, the second woman to ever become an Air Force pilot in Afghanistan. She is leading