''A Refugee life is a terrible life,...it''s a terible life...I''m longing for the day that I''ll cease to be a refugee''. Forced displacement of any kind, but especially conflict-induced displacement, has significant effects on the everyday lives of the individuals and groups affected by it. The all-too-common protracted nature of such situations compound vulnerabilities, particularly of women and children who often constitue the majority and the most marginalised. This research higlights, not only the helplessness of a refugee life, but the resourcefulness displayed by refugees as they employ various strategies to cope on a short and long-term basis. It emphasises the importance of embedding refugees'' own views about solutions to their displacement situation in ways that speak to human dignity.