Watch this extraordinary video from the UN Refugee Agency. From UNHCR

83 year old Almaze originally a resident of Aleppo, Syria, has one daughter who been living in Germany for over 20 years. When she could not longer bear the war in her own country she made her way to Turkey. Her goal was to be reunited with her daughter in Europe.

To that end she took matters into her own hands.

It’s important to keep in mind over the next few weeks, as conversations about the global refugee crisis intensify ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit later this month, that refugees are more than just statistics. They are individuals with their own motivations to escape violence in search of a better life.

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