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Greece officially proposes the grandmothers and fishermen from Lesbos and Susan Sarandon for the Nobel Peace Prize

01 February 2016 / 19:02:22  GRReporter
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Greece has officially presented its proposal for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, offering three candidates who symbolically represent the position of Greece, the humanitarian organizations, volunteers and Greeks who have shown solidarity with the refugee crisis that is continuing to this day.

The proposal has been announced by president of the Athens Academy and writer Thanassis Valtinos, Pandio University dean and president of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture Christos Ialouridis, president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Kapralos and chairman of the board of Greek university rectors and rector of Thessaly University George Petrakos.

The proposal contains the names of the two Greek volunteers who have intrigued the international community regarding the humanitarian aspects of the refugee crisis with their actions that have gained great publicity.

One candidate is 85-year-old grandmother Emilia Kamvisi from the village of Sikaminia on the island of Lesbos, who were captured along with her friends to feed the baby of a Syrian refugee woman. The second is 40-year-old fisherman Stratis Valiamos. The proposal states that awarding them will show respect for all the volunteers, residents of the Aegean islands.

The third nominee is world famous Hollywood actress and activist Susan Sarandon who arrived on Lesbos, spent several days there and relieved the condition of refugee and migrants with her actions. Her nomination is to recognize the contribution of all foreign volunteers, who have done so over the past year.

As it has become clear, if the Greek candidates win the Nobel Peace Prize, the money amount that accompanies it will be provided for strengthening the health services on the Aegean islands. The honorary diplomas are planned to be on display at the Museum of the Acropolis.

Tags: SocietyRefugee crisisGreek candidates for the Nobel Peace PrizeGrandmotherLesbosFishermanSusan Sarandon
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