We´ve all seen them. Inspiring Ted Talks with big names like Ingrid Betancourt, Pope Franciscus, Sheryl Sandberg, Elon Musk and Bill Gates. But this Ted Talk will be a little bit different. For the first time, a TEDx Talk is being arranged in one of the largest refugee camps in the world. This is happening on June 9 at 9am-3pm CET in Kakuma Camp, Kenya – home to 185,000 refugees.
“H&M Foundation wants to contribute to positive change for refugees, and we do this by supporting UNHCR efforts in many different countries. By also supporting the arrangement of the world’s first Tedx in a refugee camp, we want to take part and highlight perspectives and stories from people with their own experience of being on the run. It is crucial to counter prejudice and contribute to important knowledge – needed now more than ever,”said Diana Amini, Global Manager at H&M Foundation.
Diana Amini, Global Manager at H&M Foundation
TEDxKakumaCamp offers a different lens into the reality of life as a refugee, away from the images of devastation and suffering, and towards stories of resilience, of contribution, of creativity. The theme, Thrive, supports our belief that empowered refugees can shape a peaceful and tolerant future of our world.
“We hope this event will show refugees living not just in a state of limbo, but in an environment of transformation,” says Melissa Fleming, one of TEDxKakumaCamp’s organizers. “We will hear not just the stories of tragedy, but ideas that will strengthen our belief that empowered refugees can thrive, not just survive.”
Melissa Fleming, one of TEDxKakumaCamp’s organizers
Speakers will include current and former Kakuma Camp refugees such as Pur Biel who grew up in Kakuma Camp and in 2016 competed at the Summer Olympics as a member of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team. Supermodel Halima Aden is also a speaker, born and raised in a refugee camp in northeastern Kenya and today a supermodel and the first to wear hijab.
Meet the refugees who have ideas worth spreading:
Representatives from H&M Foundation will be on location, attending the Ted Talk and visiting the schools in the Kakuma Camp that we support with school supplies.
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Get a sneak peak of the event, speakers and details on the livestream.