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Nigerian lawyer Zannah Mustapha wins 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

Sep 22, 2017 09:41 IST
Zannah Mustapha. Image Credit: UNHCR

Nigerian lawyer Zannah Mustapha in September 2017 won the 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for his crucial mediating role and efforts to help children affected by the insurgency in Nigeria.

Mustapha had negotiated and helped secure the release of more than 100 schoolgirls from Chibok kidnapped by the Boko Haram militant group.

Mustapha will be bestowed with the prestigious Nansen Refugee Award at a ceremony taking place in Geneva on 2 October 2017.The The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called him “a champion for the rights of displaced children growing up amid violence in North East Nigeria”.

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About UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

The UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award is awarded annually by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

It is awarded to an individual, group, or organization in recognition of outstanding service to the cause of refugees, displaced or stateless people.

The award was established in 1954.

The award is named after the intrepid Norwegian polar explorer, statesman and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen.

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The Nansen Refugee Award consists of a commemorative medal, the Nansen Medal, and USD 150000, donated by the governments of Norway and Switzerland.

The Nansen Refugee Award monetary prize aims at enabling its annual recipient to pursue a project to assist displaced people, developed in close consultation with UNHCR.

In 2016, the prestigious award was won by the Greek Volunteers of the Hellenic Rescue Team, and Efi Latsoudi of PIKPA Village for their tireless voluntary efforts to aid refugees arriving in Greece during the European refugee crisis.

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