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UNHCR announces Ploy, Chermarn, as the First Celebrity Supporter in Thailand

Ploy Chermarn, the First Celebrity Supporter in Thailand

 

Renowned Thai actress Ploy, also known as Chermarn Boonyasak, has joined forces with the UN Refugee Agency and celebrities around the world to help spread the message of World Refugee Day.

World Refugee Day falls on June 20 every year. This year, Ploy will present UNHCR’s Public Service Announcement (PSA) to remind the public of the strength and courage of refugees by inviting everyone to share refugee stories.

“A refugee experiences the universal emotions each and every one of us would feel if we are faced with the prospect of losing everything, starting from scratch, or safeguarding our family from violence,” Ploy said. “The more we share, the more we put ourselves in their shoes. We will see that refugee stories are relevant to our daily lives.”

To watch Ploy’s World Refugee Day video, please click http://youtu.be/fdQvzucXtvg

Other celebrities around the world sharing similar messages in UNHCR’s PSA include actress Kat Graham of the Vampire Diaries, The Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini, andYao Chen, a Chinese actress with 66 million followers on social media.

“We are delighted to have highly influential people like Ploy join UNHCR in speaking up for refugees,” said UNHCR Representative, Mireille Girard. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Ploy and stepping up her role to mobilize more support for refugees.”

To share stories of refugees, go to www.unhcr.or.th

About World Refugee Day, June 20 2014

On World Refugee Day, June 20, UNHCR commemorates the strength and resilience of the more than 40 million people around the world forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution.

About UNHCR

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is also known as the UN Refugee Agency. Globally it has extended humanitarian assistance and protection to refugees whose rights and dignity have been abused. In Thailand, UNHCR takes care of refugees living in nine refugee camps in four provinces along the Myanmar-Thai border.  It focuses on protection activities, vocational training, and programs to help Myanmar refugees resettle in a third country. Funding for the UNHCR operations come from donors. At UNHCR, all donations are managed transparently and spent efficiently for the benefit of refugees.