UNICEF strips Duraid Laham of Goodwill Ambassador title for expressing his views
UNICEF has taken the Goodwill Ambassador title from prominent Syrian actor Duraid Laham for openly stating his opinion regarding the situation in the region. The actor had publicly stressed that he does not feel what the Iraqis and the Palestinians, who are defending their lands, is terrorism, but merely people who are trying to protect their homes and lives.
According to the Qatar based daily, Al Raya, Duraid’s comments gave the conclusion to UNICEF officials that he is supporting terrorism and so they decided to strip him of his title, saying that he does not qualify for such a position. The actor revealed that he does not mind being stripped of the position, because in his opinion a person must openly express what he feels is right and wrong without being pressured to think in a certain way that is completely against his principles and beliefs.
Duraid added that everyone who is a Goodwill Ambassador should not limit him/herself to the rules set by the UN or by any political faction, but should express what he/she feels and stand up for what they believe.
Duraid, who is known as one of the top Arab comedian-actors and was the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to the Middle East. Recently the actor became part of the international network Showtime television's second campaign phase for "Go as far as you want whenever you wish". The campaign seeks to educate audience about the different variety Showtime offers for all home viewers.
Duraid had expressed his joy at being part of the campaign stressing that he finds it very important to educate children, which is accomplished through the many different channels especially for children on Showtime. He added that the educational channels on Showtime are very essential and aim solely at teaching young children who spend most of their time in front of the television screen.
Duraid Lahham began his acting career in 1960 when Syrian TV was first created. His first role on TV was Ghawwar, which he innovated in many comedy series such as “Sahh al Nom” (Good Morning) and “Melh Wa Sukkar” (Salt and Sugar). He then developed his famous character Ghawar by including cinematic works. His acting technique or style represents the social critic genre in the form of comedy.
The Syrian artist, is a UN Good Intention Ambassador, and the presenter of the TV program “A’ala Mas’ouliaty” (On my Responsibility) on MBC. The show criticizes the political policies of the western governments and leaderships. – Albawaba.com
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