UNHCR online video campaign marks World Refugee Day

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Actors, authors and other high profile supporters of the United Nations Refugee Agency, or UNHCR, have been sharing their personal stories to mark World Refugee Day. The video stories appear on the UNHCR website and tell of a range of experiences, from meeting refugees to having been refugees themselves.

American actress Kristin Davis gives an emotional account of her time at Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya while broadcaster Emma Freud, the great-granddaughter of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, says how proud she is to be the daughter of a refugee.

One of the video stories tells of how the actress Emma Thompson met and later adopted Tindy Agaba, who arrived in the UK as a refugee from Rwanda at the age of 16.

Another story is told by Pakistani human rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai who met Mazoun, a refugee from Syria, when she was visiting Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. Like Malala, Mazoun is just 16 and has dreams for her future, in spite of the many challenges she faces, one of which is access to education. In the Za'atari camp there are just three schools for about 60,000 children.

The videos are part of a UNHCR campaign, which asks people from all over the world to share their refugee stories.

Nicki Chadwick, United Nations, Geneva.

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