Greek volunteers honored with the UNHCR’s 2016 Nansen Refugee Award

6 September 2016
848 Views

The UNHCR has awarded Konstantinos Mitragas (on behalf of the Hellenic Rescue Team) and Efi Latsoudi, a volunteer at the refugee accommodation center at the former PIPKA site on Lesvos the 2016 Nansen Refugee Award for their tireless voluntary efforts to aid refugees arriving in Greece during the refugee crisis.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi explained that “both the Hellenic Rescue Team and Efi Latsoudi refused to stand by as they witnessed the dramatic humanitarian situation unfolding on their shores, and are fully deserving of the Nansen Refugee Award”.

“Their efforts characterize the massive public response to the refugee and migrant emergency in Greece and across Europe, in which thousands of people stood in solidarity with those forced to flee, and the humanity and generosity of communities around the world who open their hearts and homes to refugees” the UNHCR concluded.

The UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award, which was established in 1954, is awarded annually to an individual, group, or organization in recognition of outstanding service to the cause of refugees, displaced or stateless people. The award is named after the Norwegian polar explorer, statesman, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the first High Commissioner for Refugees at the League of Nations, Fridtjof Nansen.

You may be interested

Poll: New Democracy leads with a 14.8% difference to SYRIZA
POLITICS
shares22 views
POLITICS
shares22 views

Poll: New Democracy leads with a 14.8% difference to SYRIZA

makis - Jun 24, 2021

The governing party of New Democracy is clearly leading the polls with 37%, a difference of 14.8% from SYRIZA which…

Greece and Italy top European picks for American tourists
GREECE
shares24 views
GREECE
shares24 views

Greece and Italy top European picks for American tourists

Panos - Jun 24, 2021

Italy and Greece are the top two choices in Europe for American travellers this season, according to a report by…

Turkish coastguard harassed Cypriot fishing boat (photos)
GREECE
shares28 views
GREECE
shares28 views

Turkish coastguard harassed Cypriot fishing boat (photos)

Panos - Jun 24, 2021

New provocation from Turkey. Turkish coastguards harassed the fishing boat “Maria – Bouboulina”, while sailing in international territorial waters. The…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.