Dadaab Refugee Camp

Dadaab, located in north-eastern Kenya, is the world’s largest refugee camp and has been around for 20 years.  United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) manages Dadaab and established the refugee camp between October 1991 and June 1992.  The refugees that filled the camp came from Somalia as a result of a civil war.

“The original intention was for the three Dadaab camps to host up to 90,000 people,” said UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic. “However today they host more than 463,000 refugees, including some 10,000 third-generation refugees born in Dadaab to refugee parents who were also born there.”

In 2011, Somalia experienced a famine causing a third of its population to relocate to Dadaab.  UNHCR was able to manage increased arrival numbers by creating rapid response assistance and reception centers.  Dadaab provides shelter, protection and humanitarian assistance, but also faces risk of floods, diseases and overcrowding.

“On the occasion of this anniversary UNHCR is renewing its appeal to the international community to ensure continued support to the approximately 1 million Somali refugees in the region, and to Kenya and the other countries that are hosting them,” Mahecic said.

UNHCR was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950 to safeguard the rights of well-being refugees.  It coordinates and leads international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems.


UNHCR Makes a Breakthrough in the Protection of Stateless People

Earlier this month, a conference was held in Geneva on the issue of statelessness.  Representatives from close to 150 states, more than 70 of which are at ministerial level, attended the conference.  Over 12 million people are affected by statelessness and there are 15.4 million refugees worldwide.  As the conference came to a close, eight countries ratified and deposited their instruments of accession to one of the two United Nations statelessness conventions this year.  Furthermore, at the ministerial meeting 20 countries made commitments to ratify the conventions.

“Statelessness is one of the most forgotten areas of the global human rights agenda. To be honest, statelessness has been kind of a stepchild of UNHCR’s mandate. The number of countries that have ratified the statelessness conventions is out of proportion to the number of countries that have ratified the 1951 [Refugee] Convention and its [1967] Protocol,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.

UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) was established in 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly to resolve refugee problems, lead international action to protect refugee, and help stateless people.  Hamed Wardak, CEO of Ludus, is partnered with UNHCR to educate people about the plight of refugees worldwide.

USA for UNHCR Supports the UN Refugee Agency

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) was created in 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly to help over one million European refugees after World War II.  It has continued to provide shelter, food, water, medical care and protection to refugees worldwide.  More than 36 million people have been forced to leave their homes due to war and persecution and UNHCR helps them return to their homes safely when possible or assists with resettlement.  Many of the people UNHCR helps are women and children, who come from over 117 countries.

The UN Refugee Agency’s work is supported by the United States Association for UNHCR (USA for UNHCR).  They work together to build awareness and support in the United States for these life-saving relief programs.

Ludus, with CEO Hamed Wardak, is currently partnered with USA for UNHCR. Through this relationship, they are educating the public about the plight of refugees around the world and raising money to improve refugees’ lives.  Hamed Wardak has thrown several charity events to raise money to provide humanitarian relief to the millions of people whose lives have been devastated by the 2010 Pakistan floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan regions.

Hamed Wardak and Blue Key

Blue Key: Miami to DC

Through Ludus Athletics (the sports clothing company of which Hamed Wardak is CEO), the Blue Key Campaign is taking place.  The Blue Key Campaign is working together with USA for UNHCR in an effort to “support refugees who are working hard to rebuild their lives.”  Refugees leave with nothing and so need basics like food, water and shelter.  Sometimes they are in camps for decades, hoping that the day they can return to a non-violent country will come very soon.  But while in these harsh conditions, they require the basics which is what The Blue Key Campaign is all about.

Ludus and the Blue Key Campaign

So how does Ludus – a “new South Beach lifestyle brand” – fit into all of this?  The company is all about “fashion, beauty and entertainment,” surely a far cry from the basic needs of these refugees.  But South Beach has another side too, making leaps in developing a healthy environment and supporting large charitable endeavors.  Wardak’s Ludus brand “captures the spirit of all these elements in its apparel,” with a strong commitment to eco-friendly products.  The company’s motto is: “love the world.”

Ludus today is working with a whole slew of “fund-raising events benefitting various charitable endeavors” like USA for UNHCR in an attempt to “educate the public about the plight of refugees around the world and raising money to improve their lives.”