Working in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), seven Panos Pictures photographers asked refugees and survivors of disaster in seven communities across the globe what home means to them.

Explore this site to read the stories of those starting afresh in unfamiliar cities, rebuilding homes they were forced to abandon decades before, or embracing new means of survival in the face of crisis. You can also share your own experiences of what makes a home.


What would you do if the place you
call home was torn apart by violence?

How would you cope if floods or
drought destroyed your crops and
your family went hungry?

If you had to flee suddenly, what would you take with you?