November 27, 2021

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Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud Brings Refugee Perspective to COP26

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Sudanese American poet and activist Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud, the winner of the 2015 world poetry championship, is on a vocal pursuit to bring the effects of climate change from a refugee’s perspective to world leaders at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Before writing the poem, Mahmoud spoke to refugees in several countries, including Bangladesh, Jordan, and Nigeria. Her piece was inspired by extensive discussions with refugees who are surviving in difficult environments as a result of climate change.

Emi Mahmoud has a following in refugee circles for her work in bringing attention to the voices of the unvoiced. Mahmoud spoke with Osman, a Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh, who is part of a volunteer team preparing people for weather cyclones and flash floods.

Mahmoud said to Reuters that her mission is ‘to just get the most vulnerable people’s voices into spaces where we’re not normally represented.’

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