☆ "…'My Life as a Refugee' successfully uses a unique, interactive concept to get their worthy message across" - The Guardian

☆ "…'My Life as a Refugee' is a simple to use free app that raises awareness of the plight of the refugees and gives the viewer some sort of an insight into their tragedy" - FeedMyApp ★★★★★

☆ "…pulls no punches over the horror some people are forced to face and… is an effective tool in raising awareness" -

Based on real-life experiences of families torn apart by conflict or persecution. Every minute 8 people are forced to flee war, persecution or terror. If conflict threatened your family, what would you do?

Players face a series of tough decisions and chance events in these true-to-life quests to try to survive, reach safety, reunite with loved ones and rebuild their lives.

The app features three stories whose characters who are separated from their families while fleeing persecution or armed conflict.

“My Life as a Refugee” was developed by UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. Each story is based on real-life experiences of families torn apart by war or persecution.

What's New

Version 1.1

• Listening to your comments, we have enabled the stories to be played in full… and at the same time!
• File size at 35Mb to enable faster downloads.
• Minor bug fix

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5

146 Ratings

146 Ratings

Four Stars for My Life as a Refugee


I am giving this app four stars because, while it is an overall great app, there are some improvements to be made. Things I have noticed need worked on or suggestions I have for you:
•the loading time for the information on the Internet is so long that I have not been able to use any online features
•story progression needs to be improved; for example, I chose to escape by plane on Amika's story, but a few slides later I was on a boat--if it is not an option at this time to add the plane part in, either remove the option to escape by plane or give the player a reason as to why Amika can no longer go by plane (this is not the only instance I noticed my choices being ignored)
•perhaps add in more chances to make decisions--I found myself getting bored after going through several slides in a row where I couldn't make any choices
•over time, add in a few more characters
•perhaps include the character's home location
•I personally found the page displayed after finishing the game to be overwhelming; an updated, more organized design would be appreciated
•fix minor grammatical errors and technical issues
As I stated at the beginning of my review, this app is great as it is. I especially love the unique artwork. However, for the app to reach a larger audience, some improvements need to be made. Please keep working on My Life as a Refugee, as it's unique and meaningful.
I will, for the time being, be keeping this app.

Thanks :)

Natalie, age 15

Thank you so much to the creator of this app,that I can experience in such a minute way what being a refugee's so heart breaking to realize how great of a life we have in developed countries and how much I take for granted. I hope in the future I can be as honored as you to work with the United Nations aid organization or equivalent so that I can help in this amazing outreach to innocent people in such unfortunate circumstances. Thanks so much again for your amazing support and benefits to people like me to experience this app :)



I work for US for UNHCR, a charity supportive of the UN refugee agency. This is fantastic app to spread awareness to children and adults about what over 45 million + people go through every day. Did you know the average stay in a refugee camp is 17 years??

I love this app, but where are the options to do something about it by spreading awareness, learning more, sharing, or donating?


Artifex Creative Webnet Ltd
36.8 MB
Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
© 2012UNHCR


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