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Italian surgeon, Afghan educator named winners of Sunhak Peace Prize

All Headlines 07:00 November 30, 2016

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- An Italian surgeon dedicated to helping war victims and an Afghan educator championing the rights of women and girls were named this year's winners of a peace prize established by the wife of late Unification Church founder Moon Sun-myung, organizers said Tuesday.

Gino Strada, 68, was selected for his contribution to saving millions of lives in war-torn regions in the Middle East and Africa through the medical relief group Emergency he founded in 1994, while Sakena Yacoobi, 66, was chosen for her fight for education of women and girls in Afghanistan, organizers of the Sunhak Peace Prize said.

The prize was founded in 2013 by Han Hak-ja, the widow of the late Moon, to recognize individuals who have willingly sacrificed themselves for peace, and praise them for their works, the organizers said.

The winners will be given US$1 million in prize money.

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on Feb. 3 in Seoul.

jschang@yna.co.kr
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