UN agency seeks to reward commitment to the cause of refugees

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UN agency seeks to reward commitment to the cause of refugees

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The UNHCR, the United Nations’ agency dedicated to the plight of refugees worldwide is looking for candidates for its Nansen Refugee Award, which honours individuals or groups who have advanced the cause of the forcibly displaced.

The award, named after 1922 Nobel Peace prize laureate and the League of Nations’ first High Commissioner for Refugees Fridtjof Nansen, includes a sum of $100,000 to be given to a refugee-related project of the recipients choice.

Last year the award was given to former refugee Hawa Aden Mohamed for her outstanding contribution to the cause of refugees in her native Somalia, where “she has taken extraordinary steps over decades to empower thousands of displaced Somali girls and women, including many who have fled war, persecution or famine.”

Previous recipients have included humanitarian groups such as SHS, but also politicians, photojournalists, lawyers, soldiers and well-known personalities such as Luciano Pavarotti who have made significant and lasting contributions to improving the plight of displaced people.

The UNHCR is calling for any individual to nominate their choice for this year's award on its website.