The first ever Arab woman director to be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, has told UN News that she had ‘a duty’ to record the reality of the refugee crisis playing out on the streets of her native Lebanon. Nadine Labaki is the director of Capernaum, a harrowing drama seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy who decides to sue his own parents after years of abuse and neglect.
The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, stated on Saturday that “no effort should be spared” in saving lives at sea, following reports of two new shipwrecks on the Mediterranean Sea, in which some 170 people either died or went missing.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who arrived in Canada on Friday, “wants to go back to school as soon as possible” said Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the UN Refugee Agency’s representative (UNHCR) in Canada. The social media-savvy teenager was granted asylum after fleeing her own family in Kuwait fearing she would be killed. Speaking by phone from Canada, Mr. Beuze explained to UN News's Hafiz Kheir how her case had been resolved so quickly.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s desperate and ultimately successful bid for asylum in the face of alleged death-threats from her own family, provides a “glimpse into the precarious situation of millions of refugees worldwide” said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Friday.
At a time of year when many resolve to get fit, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the huge distances many are forced to cover to escape persecution, in search of a better life far from home.