Sudanese supermodel and refugee advocate, Alek Wek, will travel home with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to spread a message of peace and hope. On her way Alek will stop through Nairobi, on Saturday night, on her way to South Sudan where throughout the week she will participate in independence celebrations set for July 9.
Alek will meet with South Sudan's First Lady, key officials and individuals who have returned home to rebuild their lives.
Alek will also participate in TEDx Juba "New Nation, New Ideas," where she will share her vision for the future of South Sudan.
The supermodel redefined catwalk beauty rose to fame as one of the world’s first African supermodels. After fleeing her hometown of Wau, Alek and her family sought asylum in the United Kingdom.
Since the civil war millions of South Sudanese have returned home, including approximately 350,000 returning refugees. Today, South Sudan is hosting over 175,000 refugees near the contested border with Sudan.