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Good morning, this is Kasmira. “Books open doors that you cannot imagine.” These are the words of someone who has put 100,000 books into the hands of young refugees in Kenya – and who on Wednesday night received the UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award. Read Abdullahi Mire's inspiring story, and those of the other winners, below.

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Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, presented the Nansen Prize to Abdullahi Mire at a ceremony in Geneva on Wednesday 13 December, 2023. (UNHCR/Will Swanson)

A former refugee who has provided education to many young refugees in camps in Kenya through the delivery of thousands of books and the opening of several libraries was honoured on Wednesday night during a ceremony closing the opening day of the Global Refugee Forum. Abdullahi Mire, a 36-year-old Somali journalist and humanitarian, received the prestigious Nansen Refugee Award, alongside several regional winners, including four Rohingya storytellers documenting the experiences of stateless Rohingya refugees. Libération & Dhaka Tribune

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