Like IFRC’s Secretary General, Elhadj As Sy
At the close of 2016 and to mark International Migrant’s Day (18 Dec), IFRC’s Secretary General, Elhadj As Sy, delivered a special message to children, asking them to put aside negative perceptions about people who migrate and instead, welcome them into their communities and treat them with kindness and understanding.
Pamoja Impact understands that to create a world devoid of ethnic stereotypes, racial hatred and prejudice, one of the things we must do is treat all people with love and compassion.
We may not know their story, but that doesn’t disqualify us from reaching out and showing the love of Christ to all men.
That’s why we appreciate the message that Mr. Sy gave on International Migrant’s Day.
Here’s his message:
“International Migrants Day is an important day to think about all the people in the world who have had to leave their homes, including people who left because of wars or disasters, because they no longer had food or water, or because they wanted a better life for their families. Many of them even took dangerous journeys across oceans and deserts to find safety.”
Mr. Sy has extensive experience in leadership roles in the humanitarian sector, having previously served at a senior level with UNICEF, UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and other agencies for more than 25 years.
Treat migrants from other countries with kindness and understanding.
Pamoja Impact celebrates individuals like this.
This is why…
For a society to grow, we must embrace brotherly love, cohesion, integration and common values.
This spread beyond bloodlines to encompass the whole world.
By embracing strangers in our midst, the Bible says ‘… we entertain angels without knowing.’
This is how we change the world and get rid of bigotry, racial hatred, ethnic hatred and color prejudice in society.
Before joining the IFRC – the world’s largest humanitarian network – Mr. Sy was UNICEF’s Director of Partnerships and Resource Development in New York.
He has also served as UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa and Global Emergency Coordinator for the Horn of Africa.
From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Sy was Director, HIV/AIDS Practice with the United Nations Development Programme in New York.
Before that, he worked with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as its Africa Regional Director and later as Director of Operational Partnerships and Country Support in Geneva.
Mr. Sy has also held the position of UNAIDS Representative in New York and Director of the New York Liaison Office.
He was also awarded a post graduate diploma in Education from the École normale supérieure in Dakar.
He speaks English, French and German and is a national of Senegal.