The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday announced the appointment of author Anita Nair as the organisation’s high-profile supporter to help create trust and awareness about the situation of refugees in India.
Prior to her appointment, Anita had been working closely with UNHCR for over a year to raise awareness about the forcibly displaced. She also adapted her children's book titled Muezza and Baby Jaan for refugee kids in 2017. She has also supported World Refugee Day, International Youth Day, and responded to UNHCR’s appeal for support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Welcoming the critically acclaimed and bestselling author, UNHCR Chief Oscar Mundia said that the UN body was looking forward to embarking on this collaboration to further its mission in India to protect and serve refugees.
“One of the basic human rights is to be able to call a place home. When that is snatched away and it happens in various parts of the world on a daily and routine basis, it is a moral outrage in a world where technology has made so much possible”, Anita said, officially accepting her nomination
“Honoured to be nominated as a high profile supporter of UNHCR in this moment when raising one’s voice about the refugee crisis is more urgent than ever,” she added.
'Not even a writer who is adept at slipping under the skin of characters can truly understand what it means to be a refugee.'
A reflection on what it means to be a part of the UNHCR family as a High Profile Supporter https://t.co/1IehV95uPZ
— anita nair (@anitanairauthor) December 15, 2020
Some other UNHCR high profile supporters include Alphonso Davies, Danny Ocean, MIKA, Maya Ghazal, and Stanley Tucci to name a few, according to UNHCR's website.
Anita has published several books including— six children's books, three audiobooks, a poetry collection, a collection of essays, along with two plays. She has also written two plays and the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her novel Lessons in Forgetting which won the national award in 2013.
Anita has been honoured with several awards. She was chosen as one of the ‘30 Power Women’ in India’ by India Today magazine in their roll call of honour, and was also honoured by the Kerala Sahitya Akademi for her contribution to literature and culture. She has received the Central Sahitya Akademi prize for her total contribution to children’s literature as well.
(Edited by Kanishk Singh)