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lun. 10 oct.


UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2022

Manal SAMAAN singing in the opening of the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2022

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UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2022
UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2022

Time & Location

10 oct. 2022, 19:30 – 20:45 UTC+2

About the event

October 10, 2022 at 7:30PM UTC+2

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced that Dr. Angela Merkel, the former Federal Chancellor of Germany, will receive the 2022 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award.

In bestowing the Nansen Refugee Award on Angela Merkel, UNHCR recognizes the strength of conviction needed to take political leadership in moments of crisis.  Angela Merkel made a difficult decision in the face of strong opposition, which helped save the lives of more than 1 million refugees and asylum-seekers.  She not only accepted Syrian refugees but also put in place the policies and support that allowed them to rebuild their lives safely while supporting the German economy.  In championing Germany’s support for refugees on the world stage, Angela Merkel helped highlight the plight of refugees globally.

As the UNCHR continues to deal with pushbacks and regressive policies limiting or externalizing refugee asylum today, Angela Merkel’s actions are an important reminder that a better way is possible.

This year, Manal SAMAAN is honored to sing in this historical ceremony's opening and thanks Dr. Merkel for her legendary work in helping Syrian refugees.

Manal is performing with the following great musicians:

  1. Elie MAALOUF: Piano and arrangement.
  2. Youssouf HBEISCH: Precisions.
  3. Frederic FOLMER: Acoustic guitar.

The event will be broadcasted live on Youtube.

For more information, please visit 

Angela Merkel to receive UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for protecting refugees at height of Syria crisis


  • 15 minutes

    Doors of the venue open

  • 5 minutes

    Welcome by the Master of Ceremonies | Nelufar Hedayat

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