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[Perspectives] Jan Egeland: humanitarian who gives a voice to the displaced

“The major challenge of our time is to fight social injustice, and to promote human rights and humanitarian principles through action and not just words”, says Jan Egeland. “We must stand up for our values, even in extraordinary times.” As Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Special Adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, he speaks forcefully about the crises in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria, and elsewhere, “where millions of civilians are displaced and attacked, and there is no protection at all”.

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