UNHCR opens up nomination period for the 2022 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

Each year, UNHCR takes the initiative to search for a person or an organization with exceptional dedication and commitment for supporting refugees, internally displaced or stateless. That person becomes eligible to win the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award.

The period to choose the person for the 2022 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award is now open, and it will operate until midnight CET on February 20, 2022.


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The laureate or the winsome organization receives the US $ 150,000 to invest in their humanitarian work. Furthermore, four regional winners from each global region outside of the laureate’s region are selected and honoured with a certificate and a local event.

Along with that, the 2021 laureate is the Jeel Albena Association for Humanitarian Development (JAAHD), a humanitarian organization providing emergency services to those who are internally displaced people in northern Yemen.

Established in 2017, the association has created 18,000 emergency shelters for internally expelled people and their host communities and helped thousands through its skills-building centre and school rehabilitation programme.


The originator, ‘Ameen Jubran’, was replaced by the conflict in Yemen in 2015. Jubran and his associates have shown outstanding diligence, humanitarian spirit and commitment to people forced to flee, continuing throughout the conflict to deliver lifesaving aid to those who need it the most.

For example, at the start of an ongoing war, an ordinary man whose family was displaced in 2015 created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises and displaced more than 4 million people inside the country.

As fighting destroyed their hometown of Sa’ada in northwest Yemen, they merged others escaping to the nearby town of Razih.

“There must have been 10,000 people fleeing the town on foot at the same time. Some of us were crammed into the boots of cars, and petrol stations along the way were burning,” Jubran, 37, recalled. “It was like something out of a movie scene.”