About Khaled

Afghan born American author Khaled Hosseini was appointed a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in 2006 and has demonstrated exceptional commitment to working on behalf of the millions of people around the work forced to flee their homes.

Khaled knows what it's like to be a refugee. He was a teenager living in Paris, where his father worked as a diplomat, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan on Christmas Eve 1979. His family ended up seeking asylum in the United States.

As a Goodwill Ambassador, Khaled has made several visits to see UNHCR's frontline work for refugees travelling to Afghanistan, Chad, Iraq and Jordan. After one particular journey back to Afghanistan, Khaled established The Khaled Hosseini Foundation which partners with UNHCR and raises funds to build homes for thousands of refugee returnees.

Recent support and field visits

Over the past year Khaled has travelled to Jordan with UNHCR undertaking extensive media to highlight the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.  He has also written opinion pieces on both the refugee situation in Europe and the importance of investing in the education of refugee children.

Khaled has continued to support major UNHCR campaign moments through filmed messages and via his social media platforms including World Refugee Day, the iBelong campaign to end statelessness, and the Nansen Refugee Award. Khaled is equally committed to supporting UNHCR’s fundraising efforts with the general public and with private sector partners.

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