Today, Þórunn Ólafsdóttir received the City of Reykjavík Human Rights Award for her aid work on the Greek island of Lesbos, where she has volunteered since August of last year. The monetary prize amounts to ISK 600,000 (USD 4,800, EUR 4,300), according to RÚV.
A statement from the City of Reykjavík explains that Þórunn has fought for the human rights of refugees and educated the public about difficult conditions awaiting refugees upon arrival in Europe. Since Þórunn still works on Lesbos, her grandmother and namesake accepted the prize on her behalf.
As the prize was awarded, Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson described Þórunn’s job as invaluable. She had put herself in danger, Dagur said, in the humanitarian work. Furthermore, he praised her for her tireless effort to educate Icelanders about the status of refugees in Europe.