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New Delhi, India, December 15, 2014: Indian actor-producer and soccer enthusiast John Abraham has become UNHCR celebrity supporter for India. John is the first Bollywood actor to be appointed as the celebrity supporter for UN Refugee Agency to serve as a public advocate for refugees.

Having started the Indian film industry career out as a model, John Abraham is today one of the most valued actors. John's two movies -- Kabul Express and Madras Café -- have also depicted the devastating consequences of conflict and displacement.

“I am humbled to be associated with this cause and I look forward to working with the refugees from various communities. Traditionally, we Indians have given shelter to refugees escaping violence and conflict." India currently host to some 2.5 lakh refugees who have fled from violence in their home countries.

“This collaboration gives me an opportunity to highlight the plight of refugees in India. In every struggle of a refugee, I find a story that embodies the triumph of the human spirit; refugees deserve our understanding and respect,” he added

In the search for a celebrity supporter, John came out as the perfect candidate. “UNHCR welcomes John Abraham as a supporter for the refugee cause. He is a youth icon and enjoys tremendous respect and recognition in India. We look forward to his support to UNHCR in promoting a better understanding of the refugee cause,” said Dominik Bartsch, Chief of Mission for UNHCR in India.

As a supporter, John Abraham joins a distinguished list of well-known and respected personalities who demonstrate interest in refugee issues. They help bring UNHCR to every corner of the world through their celebrity, popularity, influence, dedication and hard work.

UNHCR's high-profile supporters include royalty, actors, artists, authors, models, musicians, photographers and sports stars. Angelina Jolie serves as a Special Envoy to the refugee agency and Barbara Hendricks has been its longest-serving goodwill ambassador.


For more information, please contact:

Shuchita Mehta, 9560990606, mehta@unhcr.org

 

 

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