Aqeela Asifi, Afghan refugee teacher wins UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award of 2015 (Download PDF)


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About Aqeela Asifi: Aqeela Asifi is a teacher in Afghanistan. She has been teaching the refugee girls for more than 20 years. She and her family shifted in Afghanistan from Kabul in 1992 due to civil war in Kabul.

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Winner of UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award of 2015

  • She started teaching Afghan refugee girls by overcoming strict cultural traditions which does not allow Afghan women to learn in a refugee camp.
  • She has won the 2015 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award.
  • She has been choosen for this award for her tireless and brave dedication to educate Afghan refugee girls in the Kot Chandana refugee village in Mianwali.

About UNHCR:

  • UNHCR stands for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees which also known as the UN Refugee Agency.
  • It is a United Nations agency established to protect and support refugees at the request of a government or the UN itself.
  • It also assists refugees in their voluntary changes, local improvements or resettlement to a third country.

About Nansen Refugee Award:

  • It was established in 1954 by UNHCR.
  • This award named after the courageous Norwegian polar surveyor, Nobel Peace Prize winner and statesman Fridtjof Nansen.
  • The award has been given to them who did unexpected charitable work and service for distinct, group or organization to refugees, people who moved internally or to stateless people.
  • In this award Commemorative medal and monetary prize of 100, 000 US dollars is given to the receiver.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 18, 2015


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