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Australia for UNHCR launches refugee cookbook

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Australia for UNHCR has launched a new online cookbook showcasing treasured recipes by current and former refugees to raise money for the UN Refugee Agency, ahead of World Refugee Day.   

Flavours of Hope includes recipes and stories from ten remarkable individuals, including those who have found safety in Australia and others living as refugees overseas.   

“Although our contributors have survived extremely difficult experiences, they have not lost the urge to share what they have with others – in this case, their stories, their culture and their food,” said Australia for UNHCR CEO Trudi Mitchell. 

“I encourage everyone to download the free book via our website to experience these amazing recipes and help support the cause.”  

The release of the cookbook coincides with World Refugee Day, an annual celebration of the talent, contribution and resilience of refugees in our community.  

Australia for UNHCR Ambassador and founder of Boost Juice, Janine Allis, is making a donation every time someone downloads the book.  

These funds will go towards UNHCR’s life-saving work helping people flee conflict, disaster and persecution around the world. 

Fatima Yousufi and her mother Khadija. ©Australia for UNHCR/Sally Hulse.

Cooks featured in Flavours of Hope include former AFLW player and Australia for UNHCR Ambassador Akec Makur Chuot, Melbourne restaurant owner Hamed Allahyari, and Captain of the Afghan women’s football team, Fatima Yousufi.   

“Afghan food has a very special taste. The flavours are so unique and whenever those smells hit my nose, it takes me straight back to my childhood,” said Fatima Yousufi.  

“Eating Afghan food in Australia has allowed me to feel much more alive and connected.”  

Related: Ben Quilty reaches $3 million raised for UNHCR in Afghanistan

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Pearl Dy is a community manager and journalist. She is passionate about business and development particularly involving not-for-profits, charity and social entrepreneurship.

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