‘Broken dream’ of two expatriate Bangladeshis hoping for Nobel Peace Prize

BanglaPress Desk
October 7, 2022
Dr Ryan Saadi and Dr Ruhul Abid

Noman Sabit: The disillusionment of the Nobel Peace Prize has ended for two Bangladeshi doctors living in the United States. In the list of candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize this year 2022. The Bangladeshi American doctor living in the United States was Dr Ryan Saadi, Chairman and CEO of Tevojon Bio, a company that has discovered a special treatment method to cure various types of viruses including cancer patients. He was shortlisted for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. Earlier in 2020 Bangladeshi American doctor Dr Ruhul Abid and his non-profit organization Health and Education for All (HAFA) were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the University of Massachusetts (UMass), USA.
Ryan Sadi, a resident of New Jersey in the United States, is the chairman and CEO of Tevojon Bio a company that has discovered a special treatment method to cure various types of viruses, including cancer patients. He was shortlisted for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
Born in Pabna, Ryan Sadi migrated to the US for higher education in 1992 after completing his MBBS degree from Dhaka Medical College. In the United States, he received advanced degrees in leadership in medical science from Harvard University and health policy and economics from Yale University.
The ‘nobelprize.org’ website had 343 names of individuals and organizations on the Nobel Peace Prize nomination list this year. Among them are 251 individuals and 92 institutions. The website of Ryan Sadi’s organization ‘Tevojon Bior’ has confirmed that the Nobel committee has given him this nomination.
Earlier in 2020, Bangladeshi American doctor Dr Ruhul Abid and his non-profit organization Health and Education for All (HAFA) were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the University of Massachusetts (UMass), USA. He is a Bangladeshi-American professor at Brown University Alpert Medical School, USA. At that time, University of Massachusetts (UMass) anthropology professor Jean-Philippe Bellew confirmed this news.
Dr Abid is one of 211 people nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr Abid graduated from Dhaka Medical College, and obtained his PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Nagoya University, Japan. Later he received a fellowship from Harvard Medical School in 2001. He is also an executive faculty member of the Brown Global Health Initiative. Health and Education for All (HAFA) was appointed to provide free healthcare to the underprivileged in Bangladesh. Over 30,000 garment workers have been provided free on-site medical supplies through his non-profit organization over the past three years. Cervical cancer screening treatment for over 9,000 RMG workers and underprivileged women in Bangladesh, and free health care for over 1,500 Rohingya members of the refugee and host communities in Cox’s Bazar through HAFA.

It should be noted that Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize in Literature on November 13, 1913. Economist Amartya Sen won the Nobel Prize in Economics as the first Bengali in 1998. He gained fame and respect around the world for highlighting different and important aspects of poverty and famine. His interest in better understanding issues like poverty and famine started at a very early age. In 1943, he saw the famine of Bengal and the famine of the 1950s. On October 13, 2006, the father of microcredit in Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize Dr Muhammad Yunus and his founded Grameen Bank.

In 2022, the Nobel Peace Prize was won by the Belarusian human rights lawyer Ales Bilyatsky, the Russian human rights organization Memorial and the Ukrainian human rights organization Center for Civil Liberties. Last Friday (October 7) at 3 pm Bangladesh time, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the names of the winners.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it has decided to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatsky, Russian human rights organization Memorial and Ukrainian human rights organization Center for Civil Liberties.
Nobel Peace Prize winners represent civil society in their respective countries, the committee said. They have been criticizing the rulers and campaigning for the protection of the fundamental rights of the citizens for many years. The Nobel Peace Prize laureates are also praised for their efforts to document issues such as war crimes, human rights abuses and abuse of power.
Through consistent efforts for humanitarian values, anti-militarism and the rule of law, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates have revived and honored Alfred Nobel’s vision of peace and brotherhood in nations; Which is most needed in the world today.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee is responsible for selecting the Nobel Peace Prize. All Nobel Prizes are announced from Stockholm, Sweden, but the Peace Prize is announced from Oslo, Norway. The work is done according to Alfred Nobel’s will.
This Nobel Peace Prize winner will receive 1 crore Swedish kroner as a reward. Earlier, two journalists won the Nobel Peace Prize last year. They are Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov.
They were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021 for playing an important role in protecting the freedom of expression in their respective countries by carrying out their professional duties with courage.
From 1901 to 2021, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 102 times. Among them, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded 25 times to various organizations in recognition of their important contributions to the world’s critical issues.
Twice in the history of the Nobel Peace Prize, three people have received it jointly. In addition, 18 women have received the Nobel Peace Prize so far. However, after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Lee Dak Tho was the only person to refuse.

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