UNICEF has appointed Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan as its newest and youngest goodwill ambassador. The 19-year-old education activist is now the first person with refugee status to become an ambassador for UNICEF.
“Even as a child, I knew that education was the key to my future, so when I fled Syria, the only belongings I took with me were my school books. 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,” says Muzoon.
Muzoon left Syria with her family in 2013. She lived as a refugee in Jordan for three years, before moving to England. She began working towards girls’ education in her time in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.
“Muzoon’s story of bravery and fortitude inspires us all. We are very proud she will now become an Ambassador for UNICEF and children around the world,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth.
Muzoon has been studying at the Kenton School, Newcastle. While in Jordan, the teenager used to go from tent to tent, persuading girls to complete their education. As an ambassador, Muzoon will advocate for children’s education around the world.
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