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Norway Foreign Minister congratulates Nansen prize award winner Angelique Namaika. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has awarded the 2013 Nansen Refugee Award to Congolese Roman Catholic nun Angelique Namaika for her works with victims of displacements and abuse by the Lord’s Resistance Army. “Sister Angélique, who has herself been forced to flee, has helped thousands of traumatised women in the DR Congo rebuild their lives. Her example can serve as inspiration for intensified efforts to help the world’s refugees and internally displaced persons,” said Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide, Tuesday.               The Sister lives and works in Dungu in the northeastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her and her organization, Centre for Reintegration and Development have helped transform the lives of more than 2,000 women who have been displaced from their homes and abused by Uganda-originating the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

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Norway Foreign Minister congratulates Nansen prize award winner Angelique Namaika

Published on Wednesday, 18th September, 2013 at 21:12 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has awarded the 2013 Nansen Refugee Award to Congolese Roman Catholic nun Angelique Namaika for her works with victims of displacements and abuse by the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Sister Angélique Namaika
Sister Angélique Namaika
Photo: ©UNHCR/ B. Sokol


“Sister Angélique, who has herself been forced to flee, has helped thousands of traumatised women in the DR Congo rebuild their lives. Her example can serve as inspiration for intensified efforts to help the world’s refugees and internally displaced persons,” said Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide, Tuesday.              

The Sister lives and works in Dungu in the northeastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her and her organization, Centre for Reintegration and Development have helped transform the lives of more than 2,000 women who have been displaced from their homes and abused by Uganda-originating the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Many of those she helps recount stories of abduction, forced labor, beatings, murder, rape and other human rights abuse.

The LRA has led a guerilla war for several years in North Uganda. However, since 2006, the army has limited their actions to kidnappings and ambushes on the border between Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement reads.  

Through her one-on-one approach, Sister Angélique Namaika helps these women recover from the trauma and damage. They are given them the possibility to start small business or go back to school.

“On a visit to north-eastern Congo, I had the opportunity to see for myself how women like Sister Angélique create hope in the midst of desperation. I am particularly pleased that I will be able to meet her at the award ceremony in Geneva on 30 September,” stated Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide.

He further expressed: “Lifesaving humanitarian activities are often carried out by local people outside the media spotlight. I hope this award to Sister Angélique will help create a more balanced picture of how humanitarian work is carried out and what local initiatives can achieve.”

The UNHCR gives out the Nansen Refugee Award annually to individuals or organizations that have made a special contribution to helping people who have been displaced.

Financed by Norway and Switzerland, the award has been given out since 1954. It has become one of the more important awards in the last few years that are handed out by the UN.

The Nansen Refugee Award is given out in cooperation with the Norwegian Refugee Council.

"If I can help just one woman to restart her life, that's already a success,” the UNHRC quotes Sister Angélique Namaika as saying.



Published on Wednesday, 18th September, 2013 at 21:12 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.

This post has the following tags: nansenrefugeeaward2013, norway, unhcr.





  
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