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Once a year, the extraordinary service to the forcibly displaced is recognised through the Nansen Refugee Award. The search for the next unsung hero has now begun and nominations for next year’s Refugee Award are open until 6 February 2017.

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Fridtjof Nansen

The Nansen Refugee Award was established in 1954 and is named after Fridtjof Nansen, who was the first High Commissioner for Refugees of UNs predecessor, the League of Nations, in the 1920s.

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Photo: UNHCR / Mark Henley.

On 3 October 2016, Konstantinos Mitragas, on behalf of the Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT) and Efi Latsoudi, who set up “PIKPA village” on the Greek island of Lesvos, received the Nansen Refugee Award 2016 as joint winners for their exceptional humanitarian efforts.

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Photo: Karna Buggeland Sælebakke.

On 5 October, Aqeela Asifi’s determined efforts to help girl refugees access education were acknowledged as she received the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) prestigious Nansen Refugee Award Medal.

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Sister Angélique Namaika with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Mr. Espen Barth Eide. 
Photo: NorwayUN/Kaja Thorvaldsen.

On the evening of September 30th, Sister Angélique Namaika was awarded the Nansen Refugee Award Medal in Geneva for her extraordinary work in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Ms. Efi Latsoudi, one of the two 2016 Nansen Award winners, promises not to rest on her laurels. In a meeting with Ambassador Hans Brattskar, Permanent Representative of Norway, she spoke about her future plans for the PIKPA village.

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Photo: UNHCR.

Mr Konstantinos Mitragas, on behalf of the Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT), and Ms Efi Latsoudi, the human rights activist behind “PIKPA village” on the Greek island of Lesvos, are joint winners of the Nansen Refugee Award 2016. The award recognizes their voluntary effort to aid refugees arriving in Greece during 2015.

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Photo: UNHCR.

On September 12, 2014 “Butterflies with New Wings Building a Future” (Butterflies) was announced as winners of this year’s Nansen Refugee Award.

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