Jordanian woman wins Nansen Refugee Award 2019

Amman, The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director for Arab States, Luay Shabaneh, commended Abeer Khreishah for winning the 2019 Nansen Refugee Award for the Middle East.

Khreishah is a Jordanian woman known for supporting and assisting Syrian refugees in the city of Madaba, southwest of the capital Amman.

The Nansen Refugee Award is an annual award presented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to an individual or organization dedicated to helping people who forcibly displaced from their homes.

Launched in 1954, the award aims to highlight the values of Nansen, the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen, the first High Commissioner for Refugees in the League of Nations, and the 1922 Nobel Peace Prize laureate of perseverance and commitment to difficulties.

“Jordan’s Abeer Khreisheh’s support for Syrian refugees in Madaba is an example of solidarity for refugee-hosting communities,” Shabaneh said in a statement sent to the Jordan News Agency (Petra) on Monday.

He noted that initiatives to spread joy and provide aid similar to those of Jordan’s Abeer Khreisheh are critical while negative sentiments and rejection of migrants and refugees are widespread in many places, the UNFPA official added.

He stressed that Abeer Khreisheh winning the “Nansen” award for refugees, stresses the centrality of the role of women in promoting a culture of tolerance and solidarity in society.

Source: Jordan News Agency