Hollywood Actress Kristin Davis visits Refugees hosted in Rwanda
“I am amazed and inspired by the kindness of the Rwandan people – their deep understanding and empathy for the Burundian and Congolese refugees and welcoming them into their own communities and integrating refugees into national systems like education.” Kristin Davis
Kristin Davis, UNHCR High Profile Supporter, philanthropist and Hollywood actress best known for Golden Globe winning series “Sex and the City” is on an official mission in Rwanda with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Ms. Davis is visiting Rwanda in order to better understand UNHCR’s operation to ensure protection and assistance for the over 165,000 refugees living here. “We are thrilled to host Kristin Davis in Rwanda so she can meet refugees and help bring their stories to a global audience,” said Saber Azam, Representative of UNHCR in Rwanda.
During her visit Ms. Davis met with Congolese and Burundian refugees living in camps and also a group of urban refugees who work as community organizers in Kigali. Supporting UNHCR’s efforts to mobilize resources for its refugee programmes, Ms. Davis is filming in both Gihembe and Mahama camps to showcase the work of UNHCR and to highlight both the tremendous needs, but also the remarkable resilience, of refugees. Ms. Davis said “I am amazed and inspired by the kindness of the Rwandan people – their deep understanding and empathy for the Burundian and Congolese refugees and welcoming them into their own communities and integrating refugees into national systems like education.”
An active philanthropist, Kristin has highlighted the work of UNHCR in extensive media interviews and writing of features and opinion pieces and has helped shine a spotlight on the global refugee crisis. UNHCR, which co-leads the interagency response for refugees in Rwanda with MIDIMAR, has the responsibility to ensure protection of refugees and to find durable solutions for refugee situations. To that end UNHCR is working to advocate with partners such as the One UN to ensure socio-economic inclusion of Congolese refugees – who have lived in Rwanda for 20 years – in development programs.