UNICEF appoints Kazem el Saher Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa

Published November 21st, 2015 - 10:16 GMT
UNICEF appoints famed Iraqi composer, poet and singer Kazem el Saher as Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa. (Facebook)
UNICEF appoints famed Iraqi composer, poet and singer Kazem el Saher as Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa. (Facebook)

On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, the renowned Iraqi singer and The Voice Arabia judge, Kazem el Saher, has been appointed today Regional Ambassador for UNICEF in the Middle East and North Africa.

In his new role, Kazem will support UNICEF’s work with children in the region, with a special focus on children living in conflict situations.

“We are delighted that Kazem el Saher is joining UNICEF. His appointment comes at a critical time. He will lend his voice to speak on behalf of millions of children including those impacted by conflicts and wars,” said Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“What is happening to children living in conflict-affected countries in this region is horrific,” said Kazem after signing his letter of appointment. “I look forward to working with UNICEF to shed light on the plight of children, and how we can provide them with good health and the chance of education even during these difficult times”.

UNICEF estimates that as a result of ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen nearly 21 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance. Across conflict countries, more than 13 million can no longer go to school due to violence, displacement and wars.

Kazem is one of the most established singers and musicians in the region, having sold more than 100 million albums since the start of his career in the late 1980s.

He held the title of UNICEF Iraq national ambassador from 2011-2012.


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