UNHCR, Cate Blanchett and more: 3 ways to support refugees during Covid-19
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May 11, 2020

UNHCR, Cate Blanchett and more: 3 ways to support refugees during Covid-19

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Covid-19 is imposing difficult times and losses for everybody in a global scale. However, for those who were already living in vulnerability before this, things can be even more terrifying. That’s the case of many refugees around the world.

Last month, Cate Blanchett joined UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi and other UNHCR goodwill ambassadors to discuss work during the Covid-19 crisis.

More recently, Cate, Ben Stiller and Khaled Hosseini got together in a video about 3 ways businesses can support refugees during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Since 1950, UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, works to protect and assist refugees fleeing war and persecution. Their actions are vital to provide these people with basic conditions to survive and rebuilt their lives.

Not only businesses can contribute to help refugees, people can donate through the UNHCR website, the sidebar photo on our site has link as well and So it goes magazine is also selling digital issues in exchange for donations.

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Cate Blanchett at the 2018 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony
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Oct 2, 2018

Cate Blanchett at the 2018 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony

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On Monday, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett has joined some fellow artists in the 2018 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony held in Geneva. The award was delivered to Dr. Evan Atar Adaha, a surgeon who runs a remote hospital in South Sudan where he treats people forced to flee conflict and persecution. Cate was also interviewed by British TV presenter Anita Rani. See photos and watch the videos below.


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The keynote speaker at the event, actor Cate Blanchett, who is a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, earlier told the audience: “The award tonight marks a great humanitarian achievement.

“It is a formalised way of saying ‘thank you’ to one person specifically, but more importantly, it carries with it the inexpressible thanks to all who work in the humanitarian fields — often at great personal cost.”

She continued: “Hope is embodied by the field workers and volunteers, like our Nansen laureate tonight. People who bring refugees and host communities together. In these people we have not just the ground force, but the beating heart and moral impulse to achieve change.”

Blanchett concluded: “People like Dr. Atar inspire us to build a better future for everybody.”

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Cate Blanchett to deliver the keynote address at the Nansen Refugee Award ceremony
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Sep 25, 2018

Cate Blanchett to deliver the keynote address at the Nansen Refugee Award ceremony

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UNHCR goodwill ambassador Cate Blanchett is set to deliver the keynote address at the ceremony of the anual UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony. This year, the ceremony will take place on Monday 1 October at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva. the public can watch the event streamed live on the UNHCR Facebook channel 1 October. The ceremony also coincides with the annual UNHCR Executive Committee (Excom) meeting that will take place 1-5 October at Palais des Nations.
Read full press note from agency AFP below:

A South Sudanese doctor who runs an overcrowded hospital with a dimly-lit surgical theatre and no regular supply of general anaesthetics on Tuesday won the UN refugee agency’s prestigious Nansen award.

Evan Atar Adaha’s Maban hospital in the South Sudanese town of Bunj serves more than 144,000 refugees from Blue Nile state in neighbouring Sudan, UNHCR said.

The hospital’s X-ray machine is broken, but Atar and his team perform nearly 60 surgeries per week in a room with just one light, with staff using “ketamine injections and spinal epidurals” instead of general anaesthesia, the agency said.

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said Atar’s “profound humanity and selflessness” had saved thousands of lives.

Atar had previously run a hospital in Blue Nile but was forced to relocate when a conflict erupted there in 2011 between the Khartoum government and rebel fighters.

Khartoum unilaterally announced a ceasefire in the area in March.
The Nansen prize, awarded annually, is named for Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, who served as the first high commissioner for refugees during the failed League of Nations.

Last year’s winner was Nigerian Zannah Mustapha, who helped negotiate the release of some of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists from their school in Chibok in 2014.

UNHCR said actor and goodwill ambassador Cate Blanchett will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony in Geneva next week.

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Watch UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett’s speech at UN Security Council LIVE today
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Aug 28, 2018

Watch UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett’s speech at UN Security Council LIVE today

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As previously announced, UN Refugee Agency Goodwill ambassador Cate Blanchett will be at the UN Security Council today to brief during an open meeting about the situation in Myanmar. Her goal is to draw attention to the plight and resilience of Rohingya refugees she met in Bangladesh. The meeting will be streamed live at 3 pm (New York Time) from the official from UN WEB TV in this link >> WATCH LIVE HERE << Let's support watching and sharing the UNSC meeting and if you can, support the Rohingya refugees by leaving a donation in the official site of the campaign. >> CLICK HERE <<

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Cate Blanchett at the World Refugee Day reception in Parliament
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Jun 24, 2018

Cate Blanchett at the World Refugee Day reception in Parliament

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As previously posted, last week, UNHCR Goodwill ambassador Cate Blanchett joined other UNHCR supporters in a reception organized by the UN Refugee Agency and the National Theatre held in Parliament. Here are some photos, a video and article. Enjoy!

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UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassadors Cate Blanchett and David Morrissey, with actors from the National Theatre, performed songs and poetry on the subject of refuge to an audience of MPs, peers and refugees. […] The event marked the first time that the monologue from Act 2, Scene 4 of Shakespeare’s ‘Book of Sir Thomas More’, written in 1593, had been performed in Parliament. Blanchett read the extraordinary speech given by Henry VIII’s chancellor, Sir Thomas More, as he sought to quell race riots in London on May Day, 1517.

“Should so much come too short of your great trespass
As but to banish you, whither would you go?
What country, by the nature of your error,
Should give you harbour?”

‘The Book of Sir Thomas More’, William Shakespeare

“It’s a call for compassion and empathy towards the plight of immigrants and refugees,” Blanchett said. “The sentiment and call for empathy and compassion is as relevant now as it was then when this speech was written.” […] ‘Moving Stories’ producer Emma Manton joined the actors Blanchett, Firth, Morrissey, Theo James Ruth Kearney and Lord Alf Dubs for a recital of Toksvig’s rhythmic poem ‘What They Took With Them’, based on the items that refugees told UNHCR took with them when they fled their homes.


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Cate Blanchett on Rohingya refugees – UNHCR Australia + Korean Interview
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Apr 27, 2018

Cate Blanchett on Rohingya refugees – UNHCR Australia + Korean Interview

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Some new footage from UNHCR Australia and an interview (JTBC news Korea) for the UNHCR campaign to help the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.






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Cate Blanchett on Rohingya refugees – Interviews III
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Mar 24, 2018

Cate Blanchett on Rohingya refugees – Interviews III

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Two more interviews for the campaign to help the Rohingyas living in Bangladesh.

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Cate Blanchett: “La llegada del monzón convertirá a los rohingyas en refugiados del clima”

La actriz australiana viaja Bangladesh como embajadora de buena voluntad de ACNUR

Más de 670.000 rohingyas han huido de la violencia en Birmania desde septiembre de 2017

La situación de miles de rohingyas refugiados en asentamientos en Bangladesh es una tragedia dentro de otra tragedia. Al trauma que han sufrido y a los escasos recursos de los que disponen se suman ahora fenómenos naturales propios de la temporada de monzones que amenazan su seguridad, como corrimientos de tierra, lluvias torrenciales o ciclones. Para conocer de primera mano la situación en el terreno y visibilizar la crisis, la actriz australiana Cate Blanchett ha visitado los campos de refugiados y hace un llamamiento en esta entrevista con EL MUNDO a la solidaridad de la comunidad internacional.

Éste es su tercer viaje como embajadora de Alto Comisionado de la ONU para los refugiados, ¿por qué la crisis rohingya?
Es el éxodo de refugiados que más rápido está creciendo, pero además se ve agraviado ahora por la época de monzones que amenaza a una comunidad traumatizada y marginada. Es vital que, mientras esperamos soluciones políticas -que son complejas y aún lejanas- la comunidad internacional contribuya a la increíble ayuda que está prestando Bangladesh como país de acogida.

Ha visitado los campamentos de Kutupalong, Nyapara y Chakmarkul, ¿qué es lo que se necesita con más urgencia?
ACNUR y otras organizaciones aportan lo básico, mantas, ropa, medicinas y comida básica; pero necesitan más apoyo. La gente cree que la ONU es un organismo con mucho dinero, pero ACNUR tiene que recaudar cada céntimo que gastan ahí. En mi viaje, conocí a una mujer cuyo precario refugio quedará aplastado por los corrimientos de tierra en cuanto las lluvias torrenciales lleguen. Va a ser una verdadera tragedia.

La ONU ha documentado “violaciones sistemáticas” por parte del ejército birmano. ¿Ha podido constatar la doble violencia que sufren mujeres y niñas?
He visto muy pocas familias completas. En los campos hay un número enorme de mujeres cuyos maridos están desaparecidos, que han sufrido violaciones o que han tenido que huir para no llegar a sufrirlas. Conocí a otra joven de 18 años cuyo marido había sido arrestado por el ejército birmano -posiblemente esté muerto- y tuvo que sobrevivir con su bebé de un año en la selva con muy poca comida durante seis meses hasta encontrar refugio en Bangladesh. Ella, su historia, representa la vulnerabilidad de las mujeres en este tipo de crisis. Se necesita más asistencia para protegerlas de la explotación, de la trata, para evitar que caigan en la prostitución… Es una amenaza muy real para miles de mujeres y niñas.

Una gran parte de la población de los campos son niños…
Sí, la mitad son menores de edad. Nunca he visto tantos niños solos, huérfanos. Había muchas chicas jóvenes cuyos hermanos varones habían sido quemados o asesinados a golpes frente a ellas. El trauma que han sufrido en su huida de Birmania es monumental y ahora se enfrentan un trauma medioambiental. Su nivel de ansiedad es inmenso.

Bangladesh ha mostrado una gran solidaridad, ¿cómo conviven los locales con la comunidad rohingya?
La minoría musulmana lleva décadas refugiada en el país vecino y conviven codo con codo. Parte de la recaudación de esta nueva campaña de donación irá destinada a las comunidades de acogida, que han sido tan generosas cediendo su espacio, su tiempo… Pero esta solidaridad será insostenible para los países de acogida hasta que el problema no se comparta de manera global. Creo que es aleccionador para la comunidad internacional que un país que tiene tan poco dé tanto.

La ONU no ha impuesto ninguna sanción a Birmania, un país que -en sus propias palabras- ha cometido “una limpieza étnica de libro”…
Las atrocidades son innegables. Escuché la historia de una joven de 19 años cuyo hermano, de tres, había sido tirado a una hoguera y su otro hermano mayor desmembrado frente a ella. Nadie se inventa algo así… La ONU ha sido muy clara en que la solución es la repatriación de los rohingyas a Birmania. El problema es que la ONU sigue sin tener acceso al estado de Rakhine y es vital que esté presente para garantizar un regreso seguro.

¿Qué diferencia esta crisis de refugiados de otras que ha vivido, como la siria en Jordania y Líbano?
Lo que la hace diferente es lo enorme y lo rápido del éxodo, que ha puesto de manifiesto la precariedad de la situación. No se trata de un flujo lento de personas que huyen, por eso es tan vital la respuesta de ACNUR, que conoce el tipo de asistencia y la estructura necesaria para poner orden en lo que es una situación muy caótica. En todos los escenarios en los que he estado he visto la resiliencia increíble de los refugiados, tratando de ayudarse a sí mismos.

¿Va a seguir implicada en esta causa o va a atender otras?
Creo que no hay una causa mayor que la de los refugiados, junto con el cambio climático. Con los polos derritiéndose habrá nuevos ‘refugiados del clima’. Como madre, y como persona con una posición privilegiada, si tengo la oportunidad de ayudar a tantas personas, tengo la responsabilidad de hacerlo.

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Cate Blanchett on Rohingya refugees – Interviews II
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Mar 23, 2018

Cate Blanchett on Rohingya refugees – Interviews II

Hello everybody!

During this week, Cate has been in campaign to raise awareness and financial support for the group of refugees called Rohingyas,currently living in Bangladesh. Cate has been interviewed in different channels. Below the full ABC Australia interview and also the BBC Two – Victoria Derbyshire interview that became available this morning.


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News on REFUGEE
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May 3, 2017

News on REFUGEE

Hi everybody! Great news about REFUGEE, a short documentary narrated by Cate Blanchett, following the work of five acclaimed photographers reporting the refugees crisis. The ehxibition will open in Houston (Texas), for Fotofest International from May 12 to July 15, 2017.

The documentary it’s also available on Netflix now. Enjoy!

‘REFUGEE’ Photo Exhibit travels to Washington DC in November
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Sep 1, 2016

‘REFUGEE’ Photo Exhibit travels to Washington DC in November

Hello everyone! Great news for all the fans who hadn’t had the chance to visit the photo exhibition and watch the documentary narrated by Cate Blanchett. REFUGEE is now a travelling exhibit and the first stop is in Washington DC, at the Newseum Institute, from November 18, 2016 to March 12, 2007.

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