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Wednesday 19 June 2024

Free cookbook showcases the cuisines of refugees

It is World Refugee Day on Thursday and Australia for UNHCR has launched a new online cookbook showcasing recipes by current and former refugees.

The aim is to raise money for the UN Refugee Agency.

Flavours of Hope includes recipes and stories from 10 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,” Australia for UNHCR CEO Trudi Mitchell said.

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

World Refugee Day is an annual celebration of the talent, contribution and resilience of refugees in communities.

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.

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," Yousifi says. "The flavours are unique and whenever those smells hit my nose, it takes me straight back to my childhood.”

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

The free cookbook can be downloaded via:

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

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