As daily articles and blogs document the humanitarian crisis that is affecting thousands of refugees and migrants worldwide, several photojournalists and reporters have taken to social media, specifically, Instagram to better convey the struggle and hardship those affected face. It’s not secret that photos and videos tell the stories of war better than mere words can.

Instagram, the go-to site for showcasing everything from beauty tips to confessionals is also home to some of the best images of displaced people traveling to their next destination. The social media photo-sharing app has given charitable and news organizations the ability to share the consequences and repercussions that survivors face when living in chaos and despair.

Islamic Relief is an international humanitarian organization that has been in existence for 25 years, and is a member of the UN’s (United Nation) Economic and Social Council. Islamic Relief has used approximately $33 million in donor funds to assist the current crisis of over 9 million Syrian refugees (half of them are children) with:

  • Toiletries
  • Food
  • Medical aid
  • Lodging
  • Clothing
  • Survival gear

The reality the refugees from Sudan, Iraq, Somalia, and other war-torn countries face, in addition to the destruction that has been done to their homes, are captured in a beautifully haunting collection on the IRUSA Instagram account which has over 10,000 followers.

UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) is a United Nations program founded in 1950. This organization has been an advocate and support system for refugees worldwide for 66 years. The UNHCR Instagram page has 217,000 followers that visit to see the hope and optimism captured by their Nobel Prize-winning photojournalists.

ABC News foreign correspondent Alexander Marquardt and Washington Post Beirut Bureau Chief Liz Sly are on the forefront of the refugee crisis and they routinely post images and videos highlighting their experiences in warring foreign regions.

ABC’s Marquardt is based in Beirut and Jerusalem and his first-hand perspective on the mayhem survivors of the Middle Eastern wars have to endure is captured on his Instagram page. As a bureau chief for the Washington Post, Sly shares revealing snapshots of the people living and working in Beirut.