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A proposal to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Greeks that help refugees

04 January 2016 / 14:01:49  GRReporter
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Activists have initiated an internet campaign asking for this year's Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to the Greeks that are helping refugees.

The title of the campaign is, "Vote that the Greek Islands Receive the Nobel Peace Prize for their Contributions Aiding the Refugee Crisis." The activists state the reasons for the decision to initiate the voting in the text, "The native populations of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea (and many other external, worldwide, non-profit organizations and diaspora Greeks) have done and are doing everything possible to help the displaced Syrian refugees and make them as comfortable as possible, although they themselves have very little to offer, despite being subjected to a severe economic crisis for many years. They have shown their Christ-like behaviour with acts of love, respect and hospitality to those who are total strangers to them. Their acts and sacrifices shall not go unnoticed, because they are significant contributors to world peace and stability, and are clear examples of love for others in the world to use and learn from." The three grandmothers from Lesbos, who became popular throughout the world for taking care of a Syrian baby, have turned into a symbol of help and compassion for refugees.

So far, 7,000 people have supported the cause. Those who wish to join can do so at the following address:

The refugee crisis undoubtedly was one of the most significant events over the past year, bringing awards for two Greek photographers for covering it. The British newspaper The Guardian proclaimed Reuters Yannis Behrakis photographer of the year. According to the newspaper, he covered in a unique way two of the most serious issues in 2015, namely the refugee and financial crises in Greece.

Time magazine in turn declared photographer Angelos Tzortzinis and French news agency Agence France Presse stringer the best wire photographer of 2015. The 31-year-old photographer won the prestigious award for the way he documented the two crises in Greece.

Tags: SocietyRefugee crisisCampaignNobel Peace PrizeNative populations of Greek islandsAwaded photographers
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