UN Agency names first ambassador with official refugee status
As we mark World Refugee Day today, a 19-year-old Syrian refugee vows to help promote education in developing countries
NEW YORK — Congratulations to Muzoon Almellehan who has been named the youngest Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF at just 19 years old. She’s also the first person with official refugee status to hold the position.
Since fleeing Syria in 2013, Almellehan lived in a Jordan refugee camp before eventually settling in the United Kingdom.
“When I fled Syria, the only belongings I took with me were my school books,” recalls the teen. “As a refugee, I saw what happens when children are forced into early marriage or manual labour — they lose out on education, and they lose out on possibilities for the future. That’s why I am proud to be working with UNICEF to help give these children a voice and to get them into school.”
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) works to give children a voice, ensuring they can learn to identify problems and solutions, taking the lead in making their own lasting positive change. It’s one of the reasons we’re searching for a Youth Ambassador.
Find out how Canadian Youth can make a difference through CCFC’s Right Stuff Contest: ccfcanada.ca/stories.
About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-centred international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 55 years, CCFC has worked with children, communities, donors and other partners — changing lives through improved health, education and clean water. CCFC works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, to support more than 700,000 children, youth and community members.