Local actress Nomzamo Mbatha has been appointed as the new Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees).

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In the past Nomzamo has worked closely with the organisation since 2017 as a High-Profile Supporter and an advocate for UNHCR’s LuQuLuQu campaign, raising awareness for the forcibly displaced in Africa.

Speaking about a her appointment as Goodwill Ambassador, Mbatha said in a press statement: “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 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.”

Her 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.

“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 (sic),” – Nomzamo Mbatha also wrote on Instagram.

Image Courtesy: instagram.com/nomzamo_m

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