After 13 years of humanitarian work through the World Food Programme (WFP), renowned Tunisian actress Hend Sabri takes her resignation to the public.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the end of my journey as a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations’ WFP, a role that I took pride in stepping up to these past years.”
Taking pride in her time spent trying to make the world a better place, Sabri states her love and respect for the brave men and women she has witnessed devote their life’s work in service to others in her press release, a mission she deems great and noble.
The actress did not shy away from making it known that she, alongside her colleagues, has tried her absolute best throughout the almost 50 days of extreme violence on Gaza to amplify the voices of Gazans and allow the WFP to do its duty, as it has in the past, to put an end to the use of starvation as a weapon. Despite this, she could not help but acknowledge the sense of helplessness shared by her colleagues at WFP towards the people of Gaza, “knowing they can only do so little towards the aggression of war that had no mercy towards civilians surrounding them with death everywhere they go.” This weapon was used on more than two million civilians in the strip causing the death of more than 14 thousand civilians, driving 1.6 million civilians towards homelessness, and resulting in the destruction of hospitals, schools, and refugee camps.
Sabri mentioned that she was motivated by the monumental weight that the WFP holds in times of emergency and humanitarian crisis as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, as well as its advocacy for the UN’s 2417 law condemning the use of starvation as a weapon of war. The entire world watched in horror as International Law was breached in the most egregious of ways, with many Goodwill Ambassadors and WFP personnel sharing a sense of helplessness towards the situation. For this reason, Sabri decided to step down from her position, though making it absolutely clear that this does not mean the end of her humanitarian efforts, “I will simply perform it differently,” she says.