UNICEF appoints 19-year-old Syrian refugee as goodwill ambassador

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth said Monday that Muzoon is the first goodwill envoy with official refugee status.

By: AP | United Nations | Updated: June 20, 2017 11:31 am
Muzoon Almellehan is the first goodwill envoy with official refugee status. (Source: Twitter/@Unicefuk_media

The UN children’s agency has announced the appointment of its youngest goodwill ambassador, 19-year-old Syrian refugee and education activist Muzoon Almellehan. UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth said Monday that Muzoon is the first goodwill envoy with official refugee status.

UNICEF said he received support from the agency while living in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. He follows in the footsteps the late actress and goodwill ambassador Audrey Hepburn who was also supported by UNICEF as a child. Muzoon said when he fled Syria he only took his school books. He said: “As a refugee, I saw what happens when children are forced into early marriage or manual labor.” Working with UNICEF, he said, will help to “give these children a voice and to get them into school.”

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