Andrew O'Hagan

UNICEF UK Ambassador

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Scottish novelist and journalist Andrew O’Hagan became a UNICEF UK Ambassador in 2001.

Andrew has written several powerful short stories and features inspired by his experiences of seeing UNICEF in action, including Happy Birthday Dear Happy, a report for The Guardian following a trip to Malawi in 2006, where he met children and families affected by HIV and AIDS.

In 2013 Andrew travelled to Afghanistan and met with children to see how UNICEF is helping them reclaim their childhood through therapy and education, having experienced years of conflict. He also met girls who have overcome many obstacles to access education. On his return he wrote about his experiences in The Guardian and the London Review of Books.


Andrew in Afghanistan in 2013

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Andrew continues to provide support for UNICEF, having spoken at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games partnership and co-hosted SyriaArt – the first charity art auction in aid of Syria. He also provides ongoing support for our Gift in Wills programme.