Nomzamo Mbatha has been an ambassador of goodwill in our hearts for years and now the UN Refugee Agency has officially appointed her as its newest Goodwill Ambassador.
Nomzamo Mbatha’s Appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador
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This morning, as you may have read in the news, I have been appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations High Commissioner for @refugees . Grateful to the High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi , for believing in my vision and desire to be a tool and instrument for this organisation. @needaunhcr @melissarfleming the gentle guiding lights and literally saviors on some tough days on some of the missions, to the entire GWA team in Geneva and London, you have made this journey so life altering and I know it will get even more from here on, my LuquLuqu family and the @unhcrpartnershipsafrica offices that hold this continent together tirelessly, SALUTE. ?: @viacomafrica . The only thing I have ever been sure of throughout the course of my life was that I wanted to serve. In whichever direction life would take me. It is an Honour to join the organization that inspired me as a little girl and continues to implore me as a young woman, to be named Goodwill Ambassador is an honour and a responsibility I hold dear. May we all be surgeons of humanity and the change we so seek to see in this world. Honoured to serve alongside the UNHCR, the United Nations and my continent. ??
Since 2017, Mbatha has worked in close in cooperation with UNHCR as a High Profile Supporter and advocate for UNHCR’s LuQuLuQu campaign, raising awareness for the forcibly displaced in Africa.
Nomzamo’s engagement includes visits to experience UNHCR’s life-saving work in camps and settlements in Malawi, Kenya and South Sudan. She also hosted the 2018 Nansen Refugee Award Ceremony, which honoured South Sudanese humanitarian Dr. Evan Atar, and spoke at TEDxKakumaCamp, the first ever TEDx event to be hosted in a refugee camp. In her talk, she reflected on how her deep attachment to helping refugees, particularly women and children, is rooted in her personal life story of overcoming adversity.
“The strength of refugees, their ability to persevere and their ingenuity for making the best of a difficult situation is what I celebrate. Being named a Goodwill Ambassador is an incredible honour and I can’t wait to embark on this journey, learn more and use my voice to truly be an agent of change,” said Mbatha.
“It is with great delight that we welcome Nomzamo Mbatha to the UNHCR family,” UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi said. “She has shown tireless commitment to shining a light on refugee situations across Africa and I look forward to seeing her inspire many more people in this new role.”
The former COSMO cover star’s appointment comes at a time when war, conflict and persecution have forced over 68 million people to flee their homes – the highest level of displacement ever recorded. Over 25 million of these are refugees, with Sub-Saharan Africa hosting over 31 percent of the global refugee population.
We are so proud of our girl and can’t wait to see where this incredible new honour takes her.
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