#IWelcome: Victor Nyamori _ Refugee Officer

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This World Refugee Week, we catch up with Victor Nyamori, a Refugee Officer at Amnesty International. He talks about working with refugees, the need to welcome refugees #IWelcome and how he likes his travel.

  1. Who is Victor Nyamori?

I  am a father to beautiful a daughter and a husband to an amazing lady. I love seeing positive changes in everything that surrounds me. I love positive vibes. 

  1. What has been your experience so far while interacting with refugees?

This has been the most fulfilling work. I have been working with refugees now for 7 years, at different levels. I have worked with different stakeholders on both sides of the fence. I started with conducting interviews and recording stories of people fleeing their home countries to see if their stories met some basic refugee legal instruments.  I then worked with victims and survivors of torture and violence to identify opportunities on how they could start their lives afresh while working at UNHCR. I then specialised and worked with refugee children for about two years with HIAS. Save the Children then identified me to manage the Dadaab Refugee Child Protection Response.

I then jumped ship and joined Amnesty International. Here, we majorly monitor, document and report on issues affecting refugees.  We use this information to campaign and bring in some positive changes in the lives of refugees. In a nutshell, we celebrate the little victories when we make positive changes in the lives of refugees. 

  1. What are you currently working on? Any shows or projects that the public should watch out for?

We are currently running a campaign called #IWelcome. This campaign aims at showing the real faces behind the numbers that have always dominated refugees. When you hear that Kenya hosts over 400,000  refugees, you don’t get connected to the people behind the statistics.  That is why we are working with a refugee film director from Kakuma Refugee Camp who no only directed, but also cast and shot a film about FGM. Look out for the screening of the show on July 22nd. You can check out our social media pages under #IWelcome. I promise you, the skills and the talents these refugees have will amaze you. 


  1. Your job description features lots of travel. Which destination changed how you look at life and why?

Indeed I have a lot of work related travels. I have gone round the world just to front on issues touching on refugees.

In normal situations, when we travel, we plan, set dates, pack our relevant clothes and necessary documents. I personally continuously check my wallet to verify that my ticket is still there. We are even at times privileged enough to be served tea and some snacks or water once we get on board. But imagine when you decide to leave home, everything you have known your whole life, your school, house, wallet, and with no ticket for your destination. You leave everything behind, not knowing where you might end up. Imagine hiding in the forest and sleeping in swamps just to save your life and your family. That was the situation I found on arrival at the Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in the West Nile Region in Northern Uganda.  

What I took home from this? Don’t take life for granted. Appreciate the peaceful one you have now. Seeing refugees who were once professionals and executives live in tents because their country couldn’t protect them. That touched me.

  1. If you were to choose a former of current world leader to travel with, who would it be and why?

Barack Obama! He looks young, energetic and eager to try out adventurous things. We would dance, party, swim, surf, hike… you name it. I just love his inspiring nature. It would be nice of he brings along Sasha and Malia so that my daughter Judy would have some play mates and girls to look up to. 

  1. Best destination for a vacation? And who’s your favorite person to vacation with?

Caribbean Islands tops the bucket list when it comes to my dream travel destination. In Kenya, I would love to explore the Rusinga Island, obviously with my one and only, my prayer partner, my First lady. 



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