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The Sudanese-American slam poet Emtithal (Emi) Mahmoud has been appointed as a national (US) Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The announcement comes as Mahmoud is preparing to open and perform at TEDxKakumaCamp, the first ever TEDx event to take place at a refugee camp in Kenya on 9 June, the UNHCR said in a statement on Friday. As a former refugee from Sudan, Emi uses her personal experience to share the emotional impact of losing a home, of being forcibly displaced and of the lack of rights of women and refugees.