Making the world better for future generations,
the Sunhak Peace Prize will hold its second awards ceremony in 2017.
February 3, 2017(Friday) 10a.m.
Lotte Hotel World, Crystal Ballroom
Dr. Gino Strada, an Italian surgeon, and Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, an Afghan women’s education professor, were selected as co-recipients of the prize.
Dr. Gino Strada is highly regarded for his humanitarianism transcending national borders, saving the lives of eight million people over the past 28 years, providing "urgent medical relief" to refugees and war victims at the forefront of global disputes. Dr. Sakena Yacoobi has been greatly recognized for her efforts to "educate" 13 million refugees at Afghan refugee camps devastated by the war, and offer a solution for their resettlement.
During its laureate announcement press conference, Committee Chairman Dr. Il Sik Hong, former president of Korea University stated, “As a prize founded on the vision for peace of building “One Family Under God,” the Committee presents the refugee crisis as its core theme for the 2017 awards.”
Chairman Hong further asserted that “At a time when the global refugee crisis seems to be worsening by the day, these two laureates, who have devoted their lives to fundamentally rebuilding the lives of refugees through providing the most essential of our rights to ‘medical aid’ and ‘education,’ are the heroes of this era.”