Refugee Week: Famous Inspiring Arab Refugees stories

Born into the Dinka ethnic group in South Sudan, the influential fashion model fled to England in 1991 to escape the Sudanese civil war.

Mika, stylised as MIKA, is a Lebanese and English singer and songwriter. After recording his first extended play, Dodgy Holiday, Mika was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2007 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2007. Mika was born a Lebanese citizen. His parents were forced to flee the war-torn country to Paris, France. The singer was just one year old at the time.


UNICEF announced on the eve of World Refugee Day the appointment of Muzoon Almellehan, a 19-year-old education activist and Syrian refugee, as its newest – and youngest – Goodwill Ambassador. The appointment makes Muzoon the first person with official refugee status to become an Ambassador for UNICEF.


Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, mononymously known as Iman, is a Somali former fashion model, actress and entrepreneur. A pioneer in the field of ethnic cosmetics, she is also noted for her philanthropic work. The 1969 coup and its bloody aftermath in Somalia prompted the family of Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid to leave in the dead of night and fleed into Kenya. She was discovered there by chance by a photographer, setting her on a career as a supermodel in the United States, where she has started her own cosmetics company, taken up humanitarian causes and married David Bowie.

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