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Jeel Albena association working for displaced people in Yemen wins UNHCR award

CHENNAI: The Jeel Albena Association for Humanitarian Development, a Yemeni humanitarian organization that has provided a lifeline to tens of thousands of people displaced by conflict in the country, won the UNHCR Nansen Prize for Refugees 2021.
Founded in 2017, it won the prestigious award for its unwavering support for displaced Yemenis. Its founder Ameen Jubran, 37, was himself displaced by the fighting and was almost killed.
“The areas where we work are considered to be among the poorest, and also the most dangerous,” Jubran said. “We felt the danger every day but, despite this, we had displaced people and others who needed our help. We couldn’t just leave them behind without helping them. Jubran will receive the award on behalf of his team at a virtual ceremony on October 4, 2021. The award will include a commemorative medal and a monetary prize of US $ 150,000.
Jeel Albena’s award draws attention to people displaced by conflict in Yemen, a country facing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Four million people have fled their homes and are in urgent need of protection and assistance. Yet the conflict and its human suffering are often overlooked.
Jeel Albena employs over 160 people and is supported by 230 additional volunteers, many of whom are displaced themselves. Based in the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah, it has provided jobs and around 18,000 emergency shelters to internally displaced people living in informal settlements in Hudaydah and Hajjah provinces.
The organization is also helping displaced women to become self-reliant and renovating schools, benefiting both the local community and displaced populations.
“The extraordinary work done by you and your team, and your persistence in helping Yemenis from all walks of life, is an example of humanity, compassion and dedication,” said United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi , speaking of Jubran.
This year, there were 200 nominations for the Nansen Prize for Refugees. Five regional winners were also announced:
~ Jorge Santiago Ávila Corrales, 33, is a Honduran social worker and director of Jóvenes Contra la Violencia. He is honored as the Laureate of the Americas for his courage and dedication in tackling the gang violence that plagues the lives of many young Hondurans.
~ Doctor Saleema Rehman, 29, lives and practices medicine in Pakistan. She is honored as Asia Laureate for her courage and dedication as a healthcare professional during the Covid-19 pandemic and as a change agent in promoting girls’ education.
~ Nikola Kovačević, 32, is an independent human rights lawyer from Serbia. He is honored as a European Laureate for defending the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the Balkan region.
~ There are two winners from Africa – Roukiatou Maiga, 55, from Burkina Faso, who has championed internally displaced people and facilitated their aid, and Chief Diambendi Madiega, also from Burkina Faso , which has defended the rights of people internally displaced by the conflict and providing shelter.

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