Aqeela Asifi

Aqeela Asifi

Ques: Aqeela Asifi has been awarded the 2015 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award. She is a refugee of-

a. Afghanistan
b. Syria
c. Palestine
d. Sri Lanka

Ans: a

Related facts:

  • September 15, 2015 the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award was announced to be given to Aqeela Asifi.
  • It is notable that she is an Afghan refugee.
  • Aqeela Asifi, 49, is being recognized for her brave and tireless dedication to education for Afghan refugee girls in the Kot Chandana refugee village in Mianwali, Pakistan – while herself overcoming the struggles of life in exile.
  • Asifi is a former teacher who fled from Kabul with her family in 1992, finding safety in the remote refugee settlement of Kot Chandana.
  • UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award honors extraordinary service to the forcibly displaced.
  • The award includes a commemorative medal and a US$100,000 monetary prize.
  • It is notable that the Colombian women’s organization “Butterflies” were given the Nansen Refugee Award 2014.
  • The awardees were three members of Butterflies, Mery Medina, Gloria Amparo and Maritza Asprilla Cruz.
  • Asifi will receive the award at a ceremony in Geneva on October 5, hosted by UNHCR, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Swiss and Norwegian authorities.
  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.
  • UNHCR safeguards the rights and well-being of refugees and stateless people.


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