Nomzamo Mbatha is the newly appointed Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced the appointment of their newest Goodwill Ambassador, South African actress and human rights activist, Nomzamo Mbatha.

KwaZulu-Natal-born television personality, Nomzamo Mbatha, has been working closely with UNHCR as a high profile supporter, raising awareness for those forcibly displaced by war and violence in the African continent, since 2017.

She has been an advocate for UNHCR’s LuQuLuQu campaign, which allows her to travel to settlements in Malawi, Kenya and South Sudan.

In 2018, Mbatha hosted the Nansen Refugee Award Ceremony, which honoured South Sudanese humanitarian, Dr Evan Atar, and also delivered a speech at TEDx Kakuma Camp, the first ever TEDx event to be hosted in a refugee camp.

“It is with great delight that we welcome Nomzamo Mbatha to the UNHCR family,” UNHCR High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi said in a press release statement released by UNHCR on Friday, 25 January 2019.

The newly appointed ambassador shared a video on her Instagram account, expressing her excitement for this new journey, “I can’t wait to embark on this incredible journey to learn more, use my voice and truly be an agent of change” she said.

The Isibaya actress is no longer just a high profile supporter, but has been elevated by being selected to join a global team of Goodwill Ambassadors, who have the power to influence and amplify refugee voices around the world.