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UNHCR calls for nominations for its Nansen Refugee Award 2014

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By Euronews
UNHCR calls for nominations for its Nansen Refugee Award 2014

Photo: Sister Angélique Namaika was the 2013 winner of UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award. Sister Angélique (in black) teaches women to make clothes in the remote town of Dungu, which is in the area of north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo most affected by LRA activities and displacement. UNHCR / B. Sokol

Do you know someone who is doing exceptional work for refugees, internally displaced people or stateless people?

The UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, is looking for candidates for its annual Nansen Refugee Award – stories of true heroes whose courage, compassion and perseverance has made a difference in the lives of refugees, internally displaced or stateless people.

Candidates can be individuals or groups, for example NGOs.

The strongest candidates will have demonstrated exceptional commitment to humanitarian work which:

- Obliges them to go beyond the call of duty and above and beyond normal professional responsibilities
- Demonstrates courage – the candidate might at times face personal risk carrying out their work
- Has a direct and positive impact on the lives of forcibly displaced or stateless people.

The deadline for nominations is February 3, 2014 and anyone can send their choice now.

Please note that UNHCR staff are not eligible as candidates, and self-nominations are strongly discouraged. For further information, contact