UNHCR, the UN Refugee Company, right this moment introduced the appointment of South Sudanese observe and discipline athlete Yiech Pur Biel as their latest Goodwill Ambassador.
A refugee, Pur was compelled to flee the battle in South Sudan in 2005, journeying alone to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya when he was solely ten years previous. Rising up in Kakuma, Pur devoted himself to athletic coaching regardless of the extreme warmth and fundamental amenities within the camp. He skilled on the Tegla Loroupe camp in Nairobi, and started operating competitively in 2015, earlier than being a part of the primary Refugee Olympic Crew on the Rio 2016 Olympic Video games.
“It's a enormous honour for me to have the ability to use my standing as an athlete to assist refugees and displaced folks, to share my very own story and people of different refugees like me and ensure that refugees everywhere in the world have a voice. I need to be an envoy for refugees all over the place and I'm so glad to have the ability to proceed my dedication to working with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Company, serving to refugees not solely to outlive but additionally to thrive. This work is unimaginable and vitally vital to so many individuals everywhere in the world.” stated Pur, who has supported UNHCR since 2016.
In his new position as a Goodwill Ambassador Pur will proceed to advocate for the rights of the displaced while he continues his coaching to be on the Refugee Olympic workforce in Tokyo 2021. His appointment comes at a time when UNHCR’s Global Trends report states that over 79.5 million folks worldwide are forcibly displaced. South Sudan’s lengthy historical past of displacement, each earlier than and after its independence in 2011 is listed by the report as a serious disaster which contributed considerably to international displacement.
UN Excessive Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi stated: “We're extraordinarily proud to welcome Yiech Pur Biel as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Pur’s energetic and long-standing dedication to talking up for refugees and displaced folks, drawing straight on his personal expertise, is deeply admirable. This new position will assist formalise and amplify his advocacy even additional. At a time when compelled displacement has reached unprecedented ranges, with one % of humanity now uprooted by battle, persecution and violence, his contribution is extra important than ever.”
President Bach of the Worldwide Olympic Committee stated, “Pur's extraordinary journey, from Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya to Rio 2016 the place he competed for the primary IOC Refugee Olympic Crew, evokes us all. At present, Pur can also be a robust voice inside the Olympic Refuge Basis, offering entry to secure sport for forcibly displaced younger folks internationally. I'm certain that in his new position as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, he'll proceed to behave as a job mannequin and show that sport cannot solely deliver hope however change lives, empower younger folks and drive optimistic change in our society.”
Since competing in Rio, Pur has travelled to 26 international locations as an athlete and an advocate for refugees. He spoke on the first TEDx occasion held in a refugee camp, TEDxKakumaCamp and has attended and spoken for UNHCR campaigns in New York and Paris. Pur has additionally been actively concerned in efforts to deliver peace to his nation, South Sudan. He represented different refugees at peace talks in Addis Ababa and Khartoum in 2018 and at committee conferences on the African Union in 2019.
Following Rio 2016, Pur labored additional with the Worldwide Olympic Committee and joined the Board of the Olympic Refuge Basis. His most up-to-date aggressive sporting competitions embody the 2018 African Athletics Championships in Nigeria, and the 2019 Concord Geneva Marathon. Pur is now coaching and finding out within the USA.
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