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Korea to recommend Austrian nurses for peace prize

Appreciation shown for 'two angels of Sorok Island' who treated leprosy patients on remote island for more than 40 years

Korea to recommend Austrian nurses for peace prize

Austrian medical nurses, Margaritha Pissarek (left) and Marianne Stoeger (right) take care of a Korean suffering from leprosy (Hansen's Disease). (Photo supplied)

August 10, 2017

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Two Austrian medical nurses who treated leprosy patients on a remote Korean island for more than 40 years are to be recommended as candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The South Korean Office of the Prime Minister announced that a committee tentatively named 'Marianne-Margaritha Nobel Peace Prize Recommendation Committee' will soon be formed.

The 'two angels of Sorok Island' Marianne Stoeger, 83, and Margaritha Pissarek, 82, began working at South Korea's largest settlement for leprosy patients during the 1960s. They left the remote island in 2005 after realizing their advanced ages were limiting their ability to assist patients.

Religious institutions including Kwangju Archdiocese, which covers the island, and the Korean Federation of Hansen Associations will join the committee with central and local government bodies.

Kwangju Archdiocese has agreed with officials from South Jeolla Province to elect former prime minister Kim Hwang-shik as the committee's chairperson and first lady, Kim Jung-sook, as its honorary chairperson.

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