Guwahati, Feb 15 (UNI) The First Media Fellowship on Refugee Issues sponsored by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) has been awarded to Guwahati-based journalist Nava Thakuria, it was announced here today.
Thakuria has written extensively on issues related to Myanmar.
The Fellowship theme is ''The Chins of Myanmar: Refugee Life in a Distant Neighbour'', with a focus on Protection and Durable Solutions for the Chin ethnic group from Western Myanmar, which lives in challenging conditions in the North-east as well as in New Delhi.
The Award runs from March 1 to May 31, 2008 and the awardee is expected to travel for the project as well as write a minimum of three in-depth articles on the topic.
The announcement was made by a Committee comprising Mr.Sanjoy Hazarika, C-NES Managing Trustee, journalist and editor, Ms. Pamela Philipose, Independent journalist, and Ms. Nayana Bose of the UNHCR.
There are two other fellowships, one on ''The need for a refugee specific legislation in India'' (to be announced in May 2008) and another on Sri Lankan refugees (to be announced in August 2008).
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