UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Phramedhivajirodom, UNHCR Patron for Peace and Compassion and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK) are organizing “Art for Refugees Exhibition 2” to continue raising funds to shelter refugees and displaced people in need under UNHCR’s global campaign “Nobody Left Outside”.
With more than 70 million refugees and displaced people globally, we are witnessing the highest level of displacement in almost 70 years. When entire families are forced to flee from war, persecution and conflict, they have no choice but to leave everything behind. Provision of a safe shelter is the first critical step to assist them to rebuild their lives.
UNHCR research shows that millions of people are suffering in desperate living conditions that leave them exposed to both physical and emotional risks. “Nobody Left Outside” calls on individuals, corporations, foundations and philanthropists to help raise the funds needed to shelter at least two million of the most vulnerable refugees around the world.
“We are grateful for the support of Phramedhivajirodom and leading Thai artists to the Nobody Left Outside campaign for the second time,” said Pia Carmela Paguio, UNHCR’s Deputy Representative in Thailand. “This is a great example of the type of collective response which is needed more than ever given the current scale and complexity of the global refugee crisis.”
Phramedhivajirodom, a prominent Buddhist monk in Thailand, has been supporting UNHCR since 2016 with his personal commitment, empathy and dedication in promoting peace and compassion to make a difference to the lives of fellow human beings. Donations received during the “Art for Refugees Exhibition 1” and from UNHCR partners around the world have helped UNHCR to distribute over 70,000 tents and around 2 million pieces of plastic sheeting to support refugee families.
This month, UNHCR, Phramedhivajirodom and MOCA BANGKOK continue the Art for Refugees Exhibition for a second year with support from 30 leading Thai artists including Decha Warashoon and Preecha Thaothong, the national artist as well as Sompop Budtarad, Prateep Kochabua and Thongchai Srisukprasert who will showcase their work at the exhibition with highlights from two special guests, Tanawat “Pope” Wattanaputi and Jirayu “Got” Tantrakul, Thai famous actors, who create artwork to be auctioned at the exhibition’s opening ceremony to raise funds for the campaign.
“In light of the global crisis, compassion becomes more important. For me, people who are forced to flee from home deserve to live with dignity and need our empathy and support without discrimination,” said Phramedhivajirodom, UNHCR Patron for Peace and Compassion. “Every person needs a safe place to live and your support in providing one of the basic needs to the less fortunate is considered meaningful.”
The “Art for Refugees Exhibition 2” is open for public viewing from 03 to 31 August 2019 at the Temporary Exhibition Room, G Floor, MOCA BANGKOK with free admission. Net proceeds from the event will be donated to UNHCR to support the Nobody Left Outside campaign providing shelter to 2 million refugees in 12 countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Rwanda and Chad.
Your efforts can provide refugee families with a warm, safe place to recover and rebuild their lives. Join the UNHCR family and help us to shelter two million people, ensuring there is Nobody Left Outside via www.unhcr.or.th.