Mahira Khan is one of the biggest celebrities of Pakistan and she is using her influence to support social causes.
She was appointed as a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Wednesday.
In 2018, the actor began working with the UNHCR to highlight the plight of 1.4 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
“I feel proud that my country has shown such generosity towards three generations of Afghan refugees.”
Congratulations to film star Mahira Khan for becoming a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. 👏pic.twitter.com/BhEaa5IKhW
— UNHCR United Kingdom (@UNHCRUK) November 6, 2019
“I didn’t choose the cause, the cause chose me,” she said in a video. The actor said Pakistan had set an example for the world by hosting refugees for the last 40 years.
Mahira has participated in field missions, visited the UNHCR’s Voluntary Repatriation Centre in Nowshera and a refugee settlement in Karachi. She accompanied the UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi during a visit too.
The Bin Roye actor was moved by stories of resilience among the refugee families and children, who had aspirations and emphasized the important role of education.
“It was amazing to see that despite the violence or conflicts that they faced, they’re resilient people and have defied all odds and they’re hopeful,” she said.