IIMSAM’s goodwill ambassador (Bulgaria) ms. anna Popova a- prolific int’l law attorney & winner of “female-lawyer of the year 2017” national justice awards of Bulgaria, Temida – the price of the truth.” provides “in-kind” – “pro bono” legal services to refugees as part of her IIMSAM goodwill ambassador’s portfolio.
(Photo left: GWA-Anna Popova with selected refugees and their compelling stories of survival a n d pe r se r ve re n ce. ) (I n se r t – P h o t o s – le f t Depicts:Ms.Anna Popova. Attorney at Law/ International & SG-R.Maradona earlier this year.)
IIMSAM’s-Goodwill Ambassador in Bulgaria Anna Popova is providing in-kind pro bono legal-services to selected refugees as part of her IIMSAM Goodwill Ambassador’s Portfolio. Anna commented see comments below on her experiences in providing legal services to refugees from various parts of the world who are trying to settle in Bulgaria. Besides, Ms. Popova is coordinating in the overall Institutional Development of IIMSAM in Bulgaria as well as our liaison with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. She is also mobilizing support to raise awareness for the IIMSAM mandate in the fight against the world’s number one killer acute malnutrition. As well as shine a spotlight on her essential role in helping in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which were agreed upon by world leaders at UN Headquarters in New York in September 2015 to protect the planet and make a brighter future for all. Ambassador Popova in the early fall of 2018 will be organizing an event for IIMSAM in the capital city of Sofia along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which will be logistically endorsing the event.
Comments from IIMSAM Goodwill Ambassador H.E. Ms. Anna Popova, for the IIMSAM Newsletter on her imperative work with Refugees/Displaced People from around the world and their compelling perserverence to survive:
“First left photo above which was taken in my office – It’s related with a touching story of Mr. Mohammad Ismail Mohammadi (the first on the right) and his four years old son, whose name is Mohammad Souleiman Mohammadi citizen of Afghanistan. Mr. Mohammadi has left Afghanistan together with his wife by foot more than five years ago and arrived at the borders if Bulgaria, where he was caught and accommodated in a Busmantsi refugee camp…” I’m involved with the case from Mr. Mohammadi’s side to protect his son’s rights.” I am providing continuous legal-advice on an in-kind pro bono basis to a group of selected refugees (See Photo left above.) As part of my humanitarian contribution to the IIMSAM through my Goodwill Ambassadorial portfolio. This work is imperative to protect the human rights of these unfortunate victims of circumstances beyond their control..as their plight as refugees can only be solved by proper guidance and a legal “Modus Operandi” to pave the way to settle in their new home and live as fellow human beings.”
Comments from IIMSAM Goodwill Ambassador H.E. Ms. Anna Popova, for the IIMSAM Newsletter on 20 year old Refugee turned Football Prodigy in Bulgarian professional football club Rakovski, based in the SouthEast Plovdiv Province: “Mr. Sisoko Umar Idrisa has left Mali together with his father and few friends of the father, by foot more than five years ago. He was in his early teenage 14. His father was killed in front of the eyes of the boy from separatists before pass border of Mali. Therefore Sisoko continued the trip alone with his father’s friends. When he arrived in Bulgaria, he was registered in Refugees Camp, and he has special care from social workers because of his age. He learns the Bulgarian language, and he started to play football as a youngster in a Bulgarian football club Levski Rakovski based in Plovdiv Province, that plays in the South-East Third League. He showed excellent results, and he has real talent. He is the most valuable player on the team. Unfortunately, his application for refugees statute was rejected from refugees commission, and we complained front of the court. I am his lawyer in front of the court hearing. I have said that I give my attorney services as a GWA from IIMSAM because our cause is to fight for a better life.”
“The Secretary-General is grateful to Ambassador Popova for her willingness, dedication and commitment to the IIMSAM InterGovernmental Organization during her tenure as a Goodwill Ambassador”. “ Her Excellency brings not only her considerable achievements in working with refugees and other clients but most important her humanitarianism which is a winfall for the IIMSAM Organisation.” ”My deepest gratitude for this grand gesture of humanitarianism to the plight of the refugee crisis in our world today from our Ambassador Popova.”