The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday announced the appointment of South African actress and human rights activist Nomzamo Mbatha as its newest Goodwill Ambassador.
Since 2017, Mbatha has worked in close in cooperation with the UNHCR as a High Profile Supporter and advocate for UNHCR’s LuQuLuQu campaign, raising awareness for the forcibly displaced in Africa. In a statement from Geneva, the UN Refugee Agency said Mbatha’s engagements include visits to experience UNHCR’s life-saving work in camps and settlements in Malawi, Kenya and South Sudan.
Mbatha’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. More than 25 million of these are refugees, with Sub-Saharan Africa hosting over 31 per cent of the global refugee population.