British photographer Alixandra Fazzina is the winner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Award. Fazzina was selected for the award because of her “tireless dedication to uncovering and portraying the overlooked human consequences of war.”
Over the past 10 years, Fazzina has worked across Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. She has documented many stories of uprooted peoples and has reported specifically on civilians stranded behind enemy lines in Angola, rape as a weapon of war in Sierra Leone, the abuse of children by militias in Congo and Uganda and the refugee situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Nansen Refugee Award was created in 1954 in honour of Fridtjof Nansen, a Norwegian explorer and scientist. The award is given annually to an individual or organization for outstanding work on behalf of refugees.
A commemorative medal and a $100,000 prize provided by the governments of Switzerland and Norway will be presented to Fazzina on October 5, 2010.