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2019 in review

Can you remember these moments from 2019? Take the quiz.

Young people taking a stand for action on the climate crisis. Activists standing with refugees. 2019 saw many moments of hope that showcased the best of humanity. As we approach 2020, take the quiz to test your knowledge of 2019.

Who won this year's Nobel Peace Prize?
  • President of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed Ali
  • Greta Thunberg
  • Gynaecologist and human rights activist Denis Mukwege

The Nobel Peace Prize 2019 was awarded to the president of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.

Research by the British Medical Association this year identified that it costs the NHS almost £300,000 to train one foundation-year doctor in the UK. How much does it cost to retrain a refugee doctor?
  • £25,000
  • £100,000
  • £400,000

According to the British Medical Association, it costs just £25,000 to retrain a refugee doctor for the National Health Service (NHS). With the recent decline in recruitment for primary and secondary care doctors, initiatives such as the Lincolnshire Refugee Doctor Project are working with the NHS to train qualified medics to continue their profession in the UK.

How many people were estimated to take part in the Youth Strike for Climate in September?
  • 2 million
  • 5 million
  • 7 million

From September 20th to 27th, 7.6 million people came together worldwide to call for climate action. Inspired by climate activist Greta Thunberg, this included students, parents, trade unions, businesses, health workers, scientists, celebrities - and people of all backgrounds, ages, regions and faiths.

Which African country passed a historic law which allows refugees to obtain work permits and drivers’ licenses, legally register births and marriages and open up access to education and banking?
  • Ethiopia
  • Uganda
  • South Africa

Ethiopia’s Parliament adopted revisions to its existing refugee law on the 17 January 2019, making it one of the most progressive refugee policies in Africa.

In which iconic place did the IRC celebrate Freddie Mercury's contribution to our world?
  • Piccadilly Circus, London
  • Shibuya Crossing, Japan
  • Times Square, New York

On World Refugee Day, June 20th, the IRC highlighted what we stand to lose if refugees lose our support. In Times Square, New York City, this saw singer, songwriter and refugee Freddie Mercury featured in a tribute to the refugees who have shaped our world.