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Theo James appointed UNHCR global goodwill ambassador

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) appointed British actor Theo James as global goodwill ambassador on Monday.

Theo James, who starred in the television series ‘The gentlemen’ And ‘The White Lotus’has been supporting UNHCR since 2016 and has traveled to Greece, France and Jordan to meet with asylum seekers and refugees, the agency said.

James said his own family’s experiences “have given me insight into the sacrifices and struggles that refugees face.”

“During World War II, my grandfather was forced to flee from Greece to Syria on a small boat, and his courage and resilience inspired me to make a difference in the lives of displaced people,” he said in a statement.

“…My grandfather was welcomed and sheltered by the people of Syria, which enabled him to do that

rebuilds his life as a doctor and gives something back. That’s why it’s important for me to stand in solidarity with refugees who have fled today’s conflicts and to help share their stories. They need our support now more than ever.”

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said last week that the number of forcibly displaced people reached a record 117.3 million at the end of last year, and that figure could rise without global political changes.

“No one chooses to become a refugee. But we all get to choose how we respond to people who need sanctuary, whose lives depend on it,” James said.

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