A powerful voice for Zero Hunger

Singer Sami Yusuf joins roster of UN Global Ambassadors Against Hunger

WFP Ambassador Against Hunger Sami Yusuf at Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan,  April 2013. Photo: WFP/Dina El-Kassaby.

WFP Ambassador Against Hunger Sami Yusuf at Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan, April 2013. Photo: WFP/Dina El-Kassaby.

WFP | 26 August 2014 – The internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and composer, Sami Yusuf, has joined the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger. Yusuf, a long-term supporter of WFP, will use his status as a hunger Ambassador to raise awareness about WFP’s life-saving work on the frontlines of hunger and to advocate on behalf of the hungry and vulnerable.

“I am honoured and delighted that Sami is adding his powerful voice to the push for zero hunger,” said WFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin.  “He has demonstrated a deep commitment to helping WFP address the needs of the hungry and in his new role as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger he can take this to a whole new level.”

Yusuf has already visited WFP operations providing food assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan and he has seen how WFP works to improve access to nutritious food in Egypt.  In the past, he has donated proceeds from the sale of his records to support WFP’s work in response to the Horn of Africa drought in 2011 and, more recently, he dedicated one of his songs to the survivors of last year’s Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

“Hunger is a tragic contradiction in an age that’s known for mass production and consumption,” said Sami Yusuf.  “It’s a sad reality that kills not only bodies but also a people’s spirit and hopes for future prosperity and peace of mind.  It is a privilege to have been appointed Global Ambassador Against Hunger for WFP and to be given the opportunity to serve such a noble and noteworthy cause.  I will strive to do my utmost to help eradicate hunger – something that simply should not exist in our time.”

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