The United Nations’ (UN) World Refugee Day is observed every year on June 20 to raise awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. Let’s explore the lives of some famous refugees who changed the world.
1 The biological father of this person was a Syrian political refugee Abdul Fattah Jandali. He migrated to America and dated a German-Swiss Catholic called Joanne Carol Schieble, who was soon pregnant with his child. The newborn boy was put up for adoption in San Francisco. Who is the famous son?
2 He started as a Ugandan refugee in the UK and is the man behind the renowned Tilda Rice Empire. This is the company credited with bringing Basmati rice to the Western World and is the UK’s biggest rice brand. Identify the person.
3He is the man behind the song Wavin’ Flag, the promotional anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He is one of many Somalians who fled during civil unrest in the country and settled in Canada. The song was written for Somalia and the aspirations of its people for freedom. Identify.
4 This French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic Movement didn’t always enjoy the most romantic life. He was as exiled when Napoleon III came to power, and fled France several times and even had to eat the zoo animals to survive. Identify the person.
5 ‘The Britain Thinks poll’ in 2013 conducted the ‘Top Refugee survey’ to find out the most famous refugees of all time who contributed to the British society. He has been voted as the top refugee who fled to the UK to escape Nazi persecution. Who is he?
Answers | 1) Steve Jobs 2) Rashmi Narsidas Thakrar 3) K’naan (Keinan Abdi Warsame, Somali-Canadian rapper) 4) Victor Hugo, known for penning The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables 5) Sigmund Freud
Q He was a staunch supporter of the Peoples National Party. In 1976, during a rehearsal before a great show, he and his wife were shot by the rivals. He completed his show despite injuries and fled to England in a two-year self-imposed exile. Who is he?
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