ICN is supporting the call by the Korean Nurses Association for your support of the One-Million-Signature Campaign to nominate two nurses, Marianne and Margaritha for the Nobel Peace Prize.
One Million Signatures Campaign for Nominating Nurses Marianne and Margaretha for the Nobel Peace Prize In the past, Hansen's Disease was also referred to as "teenage disease', since many patients developed the disease in their teens. Nurses Marianne and Margaretha cared and loved these children with passion just like any parents would do care and love their children.
When Hansen's Disease patients got married and gave birth to a child, they were forced to leave Sorokdo Island without condition. Nurses Marianne and Margaretha gave these people financial aid regardless of religious difference so that they can settle down and live independently. The two nurses continued to do so for more than forty years until they left Sorokdo Island in zoos. For the patients in the island, the two nurses WERE their mothers.
Angels with Blue Eyes
After they graduated from nursing school in 1955, in Innsbruck, Austria, the two young nurses decided to head for Sorokdo Island in 196os when they learned that the hospi-tal on the island was looking for nurse.
They spent next four decades caring the Hansen's Disease patients until they quietly left Korea on November a, zoo5. In a farewell letter, both nurses said that they decid-ed to return to Austria because they have aged considerably, became less agile, and did not wish to cause trouble to the patients.
Both Marianne and Margaretha dedicated forty years of their lives working as nurse at Sorokdo Island without pay. In order to acclaim their service and dedication, we take on nationwide signature campaign to nominate the two nurses for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Their devotion and affection have not only turned Sorokdo into the island of healing and hope, but will always be remembered.
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