Turkish Cypriot author and journalist, Sevgul Uludag, has been put forward to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee for her work with the issue of missing persons.
Her name was put forward by Anna Agathangelou, Assistant Professor of Political Sciences at the University of York, Canada, CNA reported on Monday.
The editors of the newspapers, Yeni Duzen and Politis, in a joint statement, welcomed the move for Uludag’s “valuable contribution” to efforts to identify the fate of the missing “as well as the use of her journalistic skills to solve problems of our communities in democratic ways with the aim of creating mutual understanding between the two communities on this sensitive issue”.
“This candidacy also honours her efforts and her active struggle for peace and reconciliation in Cyprus for almost half a century,” it added.
Uludag, born in Nicosia in 1958, has dedicated the last 18 years to journalism, emphasising the sensitive subject of missing persons, trying to identify potential burial sites, exploring and writing their painful and tragic stories, mobilising readers from both communities to show potential burial sites and helping them to volunteer and contribute to the humanitarian problem, CNA reported.
Over the past 13 years, she has also voluntarily created a ‘hotline’ for her readers from both communities to communicate with her anonymously to provide information, some of which are published in the two newspapers, while others submit the information to the Committee on Missing Persons.
Uludag has also brought together relatives of missing persons from both communities, helping them to create a bicommunal organisation of relatives of missing and war victims called “Together we can!”.