Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Star’s Chiam wins young humanitarian writers award




Well done: Chiam receiving her prize from ICRC’s deputy head of delegation Claire Servoin (centre) and NPC manager Steven Foo in Kuala Lumpur.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Star’s feature writer May Chiam is the winner of the 2015 Young Humanitarian Writers Competition (journalist category).

She received RM500 cash and RM1,500 worth of electronic gadgets at a prize presentation ceremony yesterday.

The competition was jointly organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the National Press Club Malaysia (NPC) in co-operation with the Malaysian Red Crescent Society.

The panel of judges comprised academics, media professionals and experts in communications and international humanitarian law.

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Chiam submitted two articles for the competition – Floating in Limbo (published inStar2 on June 19, 2015) that looked into the lives of four refugees in Malaysia; and the other titled On a Roll (published in Star2 on Nov 6, 2015) that focused on the lives of two wheelchair-bound Cambodian women, who found new hope by playing basketball.

The inaugural competition – themed “Respecting life and human dignity” – was aimed at raising awareness on today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

It also hoped to encourage young people to better understand issues related to humanitarian law, work and principles.

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