UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today announces the appointment of South African news anchor and media personality, Leanne Manas, as a national Goodwill Ambassador for South Africa.

Manas has been supporting UNHCR since mid-2017 through her engagement with the LuQuLuQu Tribe, an Africa wide social movement established by UNHCR to change the narrative of the African refugee and highlight the resilience and contributions of forcibly displaced people. With UNHCR’s LuQuLuQu Tribe, she has visited forcibly displaced communities in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, and Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi. During both visits, she reported live from the camp to South African audiences, drawing awareness and support for the refugee cause.

“I am incredibly thrilled to be appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR,”

Manas said.

“Since my involvement with the LuQuLuQu campaign, I have had the honour and privilege to meet resilient and courageous people who have escaped war and persecution in search of safety. Listening to their stories, I am more compelled than ever to advocate for their cause. “

“Leanne has shown exemplary dedication in her work with UNHCR. Using her platform and network, she has helped draw awareness to refugee situations in Sub-Saharan Africa – operations that are grossly underfunded and in need of greater resources. Her commitment to people forced to flee their homes has a significant impact on UNHCR South Africa’s work in the country,”

commented Mr. Leonard Zulu UNHCR Deputy Regional Representative for the Southern Africa region.

Leanne Manas' first official role as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador will be participating in the #StepForSafety walk in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday, 10 February 2019 at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens.

“I look forward to utilising my role as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador to draw increased attention and support for forcibly displaced persons,”

Manas said.

The #StepForSafety walk encourages people to walk in solidarity with people who have been forced to flee war, conflict, violence and persecution.

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