Accra, September 16, 2016 – Six Ghanaian celebrities across various industries have pledged to support the activities of the UNHCR in Ghana. The celebrities which include award-winning Actress, TV presenter and producer, Ama K. Abebrese; award-winning lifestyle blogger and social media strategist, Naa Oyoo Quartey; Popular Actor, Adjetey Anang better known as Pusher of Things we do for Love fame; Renowned Photographer Emmanuel Bobie of Bob Pixel Studios; Spoken Word Artist and TV Producer Chief Moomen; and Louis Appiah creator of the viral Tales of Nazir animation series, have been selected by the UNHCR Ghana office to help in its awareness creation and advocacy for refugees and other persons of concern to the organization.
Following a campaign that was launched in June this year to mark the World Refugee Day, the UNHCR is encouraging everyone to sign the #WithRefugees petition. The objective is to send a clear message to global leaders that they must act with solidarity and shared responsibility in addressing the current global refugees’ problem. The signed #WithRefugees petition will be delivered to the UN headquarters in New York ahead of the UN General Assembly high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants, on September 19, 2016.
According to Ioli Kimyaci, the UNHCR Representative to Ghana, ‘it is such a privilege to be working together with these personalities. We believe their support will be immense in highlighting the plight of refugees globally and the organization’s activities in Ghana. The world currently has more refugees than ever and it is imperative to have an all-inclusive approach in finding a lasting solution to the refugee situation ’.
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The global appeal is asking governments to ensure every refugee child gets an education, ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live and ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to their community.
Ghana is currently home to 18,457 people of concern from 25 countries majority of whom are resident in the 4 refugee camps in Ghana. The camps located in Egyeikrom (Central Region), Ampain and Krisan (Western Region) and Fetentaa (Brong Ahafo Region) provide shelter and basic assistance as well as protection for the refugees. Cote d’Ivoire currently has the highest refugee population in Ghana with 11,725 refugees who sought refuge in Ghana after its 2010 post electoral crisis.
By: Narelle Attoh, UNHCR Ghana