Paulo Coelho opens the Nansen Refugee Award with a speech about the power we all carry within us to change the world


The UN refugee agency celebrated this Monday the Nansen Refugee Award and Paulo Coelho was the keynote speaker. With a beautiful simple but powerful and moving speech, talked about the power of the individual to make transformative change for other people.

The ceremony was to honor Sister Angélique Namaika, who works in a remote north-east region of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with survivors of displacement and abuse by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Sister Angélique, 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, a rebel group originating in Uganda.

A part from the keynote speech from Paulo Coelho, the ceremony had musical performances by British singer-songwriter Dido, Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna and Grammy-nominated Malian musicians, Amadou and Mariam.

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