Congolese nun wins UN refugee prize for her dedication to victims of Ugandan rebels
GENEVA (AFP) - A Congolese nun who has dedicated herself to helping women who have escaped cruelty at the hands of Ugandan rebels has won the annual Nansen prize awarded by the UNHCR, the refugee agency announced on Tuesday.
Sister Angelique Namaika receives the US$100,000 (S$126,858) UN prize named after the late Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, who was the first League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the 1922 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
A member of the Augustinian religious order of Catholics, she has dedicated herself to helping women who escaped extreme cruelty at the hands of Ugandan rebel movement the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
She works in a remote northeast region of the Democratic Republic of Congo and through her Centre for Reintegration and Development, "has helped transform the lives of more than 2,000 women and girls who have been forced from their homes and abused, mainly by the LRA," the UN refugee agency said in a statement.