Stories: Refugees

  • Migrants Find Welcome With Italian Church

    August in Italy is a usually a time for rest and relaxation. But on one Saturday in the summer of 2013, beachgoers in Catania, Sicily, found a boat full of migrants that had crashed off the city's shore. As news spread throughout social media, a group of Catania's youth knew what they needed to do. Just one month earlier,...

  • ‘Our Second Mother’: Iran’s Converted Christians Find Sanctuary in Germany

    On a breezy Sunday morning, 17 Christian converts are being baptized into a Berlin congregation just in time for Christmas. The yellow, stained-glass windows, situated high enough to catch the sun’s beams, are glowing. The old wooden pews creak as more people, Bibles in hand, shuffle in to take a seat. Pastor Gottfried Martens, in an emerald green-colored...

  • A Stick in the Heart

    Tin Tun rides his motorbike through the Thai border town of Mae Sot. He cruises past rice fields on the outskirts until he reaches the warehouse of a corn-processing plant. A wiry man with a broad forehead and receding black hair, he ducks into a passageway that leads to an encampment for Burmese migrant workers. Tin Tun must travel here...