Cate Blanchett at the 2018 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018

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On Monday, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett has joined some fellow artists in the 2018 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony held in Geneva. The award was delivered to Dr. Evan Atar Adaha, a surgeon who runs a remote hospital in South Sudan where he treats people forced to flee conflict and persecution. Cate was also interviewed by British TV presenter Anita Rani. See photos and watch the videos below.


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The keynote speaker at the event, actor Cate Blanchett, who is a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, earlier told the audience: “The award tonight marks a great humanitarian achievement.

“It is a formalised way of saying ‘thank you’ to one person specifically, but more importantly, it carries with it the inexpressible thanks to all who work in the humanitarian fields — often at great personal cost.”

She continued: “Hope is embodied by the field workers and volunteers, like our Nansen laureate tonight. People who bring refugees and host communities together. In these people we have not just the ground force, but the beating heart and moral impulse to achieve change.”

Blanchett concluded: “People like Dr. Atar inspire us to build a better future for everybody.”

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