Person of the Week: Alixandra Fazzina

British journalist Alixandra Fazzina is the recipient of this year’s Nansen Refugee Award. Photo by: Eduardo Diaz / UNHCR

British journalist Alixandra Fazzina is the recipient of this year’s Nansen Refugee Award, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees announced. The award recognizes outstanding efforts of individuals and groups to advance the cause of refugees. Fazzina was chosen for depicting the often overlooked consequences of war through her powerful and moving photo essays.

Fazzina’s 10 years of travel to Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe enabled her to capture and chronicle human suffering caused by war. The Nansen Award committee praised her coverage of landmine victims in Kosovo, child abuse by militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo, rape as a war weapon in Sierra Leone, civilians caught behind enemy lines in Angola, and refugee situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“I have always sought to bring greater attention to those forced to flee conflict, violence and misery,” Fazzina said. “To lose one’s home and have to start a new life is one of the greatest challenges anybody can face, yet millions every year have no other choice.”

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  • Chiden Balmes

    Chiden, a correspondent based in Seoul, focuses on computer-assisted reporting to provide international development professionals with practical business and career information. He also contributes to the Development Newswire and the Global Development Briefing, two of the world's highest-circulation development publications.