Humanitarian emergencies: Filippo Grandi in Lugano

Photo: UNHCR


On the 22nd of May, Lugano welcomed a first-class guest. During the evening organized by the Swiss Radio-Television of Italian language (RSI),  the High Commissioner of the UNHCR Filippo Grandi spoke in fact about the most serious current humanitarian crises and presented his latest book,Refuges and returns” my long journey among refugees, philanthropists and murderers” (published by Mondadori).

The book reports the many experiences lived in the context of a phenomenon more current than ever: that of humanitarian emergencies, which today cause 65 million refugees and displaced people and afflict all areas of the world, from Europe to the Middle East and Africa to Latin America. The evening focused on the actuality of war and poverty in Eritrea, Afghanistan, Syria and Myanmar. These and many other injustices Grandi  fought in the course of his career of over thirty years, starting as a young volunteer in Southeast Asia and then ending up in international cooperation agencies, until the appointment of UNHCR High Commissioner  in 2016.

At the end of the event, Grandi met COOPI Suisse and the COOPI Foundation, with whom he shared some major emergencies from the past, in particular that of the Rwandan refugees in 1994. He then dedicated a special greeting (below) to his “past and present friends” of the Organization.


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