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Nun in Congo wins top UN prize for work with refugees

Catholic World News - September 18, 2013

The UN has honored a Catholic religious for her work with refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sister Angelique Namaika has been named the recipient of the annual Nansen Refugee Award, for her efforts to help victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the militia group that has been notorious for years for its brutal attacks on villages in several neighboring countries in central Africa. She is credited with helping more than 2,000 young women, providing them with shelter after they were driven from their homes by the LRA, and teaching them marketable skills.

Sister Namaika, who will meet Pope Francis at an audience later this month after she receives the UN award, made the surprising statement that she would ask the Pontiff to pardon Joseph Kony, the leader of the LRA. Koney is under indictment by the International Criminal Court for multiple human-rights violations.

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