Mahira Khan Appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
After walking the ramp at Paris Fashion Week, our ‘Superstar’ girl Mahira Khan adds yet another feather in her cap as she has now been appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) shared on Twitter that the Pakistani diva will now serve as their goodwill ambassador and are looking forward to her services to make this world a better place for the refugees.
Mahira Khan wrote that she is grateful and honored to be a UNCHR ambassador for Pakistan. She added that she’s proud to be born in a country that has opened its arms to refugees for over 40 years.
Here’s what Mahira Khan said:
Grateful and honoured to be a @Refugees goodwill ambassador for Pakistan🙏🏼Proud to be born to a motherland that has opened its arms to refugees for over 40 years 🇵🇰🙌🏼 @UNHCRPakistan https://t.co/kGagHGJLlv
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) November 6, 2019
Mahira Khan has previously volunteered for UNHCR at Afghan refugee camps. She’s one of those celebrities who are very vocal when it comes to talking about social and human rights issues. From time to time, we have Mahira using her fame to raise awareness about refugees and the problem they face while living thousands of miles away from their home.
Watch the video below!
— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) November 6, 2019
At the ceremony, Mahira said that a majority of refugees are being hosted by developing countries, and a sense of shared responsibility has yet to be achieved.
“More needs to be done to support countries and communities which host large numbers of refugees.”
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A lot of times my job has allowed me to witness days and moments that humble me. Today was one of those days. Today I’m also proud to say that my country is one of the most generous countries of the world. The Government and people of Pakistan – with the support of the international community – have been generously hosting Afghan refugees for nearly forty years. Since 2002, around 4.3 million Afghan refugees have returned back to Afghanistan under the largest voluntary return programme in the world. The UN refugee agency has been closely working with the Government of Pakistan and other partners to ensure that the rights of refugees are fully protected. Pakistan continues to host 1.39 million Afghan refugees. You may ask, why should we care? We must care because more than half of the refugees are kids. A lot of them came unaccompanied, without their mothers or fathers.. a lot of them were even born here. They are our future, every child in the world is. No one chooses to be a refugee. No one chooses to leave their home. #unhcrpakistan #UNHCR @unhcrpakistan
UNHCR’S Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, George Okoth-Obbo, said that he’s delighted to see a renowned Pakistani helping them in their cause. He thinks that high-profile supporters such as Mahira Khan will serve as a symbol of the partnership between Pakistan and the world.
Here’s what he said:
“I am delighted to see renowned Pakistani opinion movers coming forward in support of the refugee cause, making their voices heard locally, nationally and globally, and having a very strong influence on youth.”
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