My Life as a Refugee

My Life as a Refugee

10,000 - 50,000 downloads

  • UNHCR official
  • Free, no ads
  • Narrative can be deeply improved
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Expert's Review

"Raise awareness"

Reviewed by / May 02, 2013

UN refugee agency game

My a text based game in which you have to make choices, some timed, between the different options (when any) left to you. It's like a "choose your own adventure" but instead of saving princesses and fighting dragons you have to face the horror of a civil war and make adequate choices in order to survive. Firstly, you must choose among three heart.tearing characters and follow the instructions therein.

Every scene is accompanied by great artwork. It must be highlighted that texts are extremely brief, which is good because it doesn't become engrossed by unnecessary explicit and gruesome information, but it can be too straightforward and lacking of narrative and literary style. There's a macabre random element in every choice, so if you take the same path with the same character twice it's likely you reach a different end, usually worse.

Often, you'll receive real trivia about refugees at the bottom of the screen, where you are used to read ads. Stories aren't placed in any certain place, but it's easy to imagine somewhere in Africa, just for a change.

No matter how you look at it, it's a compulsory download for anyone, anywhere, even recommended for teenagers.

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

☆ "…does not mince words and confronts the user with hard, painful facts and stories" -

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

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

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.

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Recently changed in this version

• Listening to your comments, we have enabled the stories to be played in full… and at the same time!
• File size at 17Mb to enable it to be downloaded onto more 'phones.
• Optimised – now smoother and quicker

Comments and ratings for My Life as a Refugee
  • (38)

    by Aaron Mathias on 02/06/2014

    This app abounds in empathy putting you in a situation of ordered chaos with your imagination fuelling the way. It also changes one's paradigm of what "Conflict Zones" actually mean... A great app to understand the brutality of might against the helpless & the vulnerable & what would you do if you were in the thick of things....

  • (38)

    by logan forrest on 15/04/2014

    The game is good and I just started to play this game.

  • (38)

    by Nia Williams on 25/02/2014

    Really helps you understand the hardships thesue people go through

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    by Doli ali on 10/02/2014

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    by Sabella Hebels on 07/02/2014

    The whole earth should use this app composolary! People just dont know what these people have to go through and I wish that countries would be more willing to take these wonderful people into their countries for asylum!

  • (38)

    by Shaniah Johnson on 31/01/2014

    This is a good game

  • (38)

    by Iqra Kalim Shaikh on 13/01/2014