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

Sister Angelique Namaika recieved the Nansen refugee award 2013

Last updated: 02.10.2013 // 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).

The 46-year-old Roman Catholic nun who works in Dungu, helps women and children settle back into their community after having been abducted and held by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). These women need individual care in order to be fully reintegrated back into society and Sister Angélique gives them the helping hand they need to learn to survive by teaching them about trade, how to start a small business or by convincing them to go back to school. With limited material resources, Sister Angélique has to travel for miles on her bike every day to reach those located in remote areas.

The Nansen Refugee Award is given out in cooperation with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). The award ceremony was held in Geneva on September 30. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Mr. Espen Barth Eide, was there to present the award together with NRC's Secretary General, Mr. Jan Egeland and UN High Commisioner of Refugees, Mr. António Guterres.

The Nansen Refugee Award was established in 1954 and is named after Fridtjof Nansen, who was the first High Commissioner for Refugees of the League of Nations back in the 1930s. It has become one of the more important awards in the last few years that are handed out by the UN. According to the UNHCR, “the Nansen Refugee Award, through its laureates, aims to showcase the values of perseverance and conviction in the face of adversity.”

See UNHCR's video of Sister Angélique Namaika here.


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