Nomzamo Mbatha to host the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony

Nomzamo Mbatha will present the Nansen Refugee Award in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, 1 October 2018.

Actress Nomzamo Mbatha is a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) ambassador, a role which frequently takes her out of South Africa on charity missions across Africa.

Mbatha has now been selected to host the 2018 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony, which honours one individual or organisation whose work is dedicated to helping those who have been forcibly displaced from their homes.

This year’s recipient is Dr Evan Atar Adaha, a surgeon and medical director at a hospital in Bunj, north-eastern South Sudan.

On Sunday, 30 September, Mbatha posted a dedication to Dr Adaha’s work. “I am incredibly honoured to host this year’s Nansen Refugee Awards in Geneva where we honour a truly remarkable spirit: Dr. Evan Atar. Visiting Maban, South Sudan and seeing his amazing work in providing health care to people forced to flee has been deeply inspiring…” she wrote to caption a video describing the dedicated work Dr Adaha does in the region.

The Nansen Refugee Award Ceremony will broadcast live on Facebook on 1 October 2018. Actress Cate Blanchett will be amongst a panel of artists who will join the Facebook Live Show hosted by BBC presenter Anita Rani to honour Dr Adaha.