peacejournalism.com – 2005-10-16 23:02:19
STEUBENVILLE (October 16, 2005) — A Nobel Peace Prize co-recipient has come home to the city for a while to be with her family.
Amy Frey-Flock, a graduate of the former Jefferson Union High School, is an information management assistant in the customer services section for the International Atomic Energy Agency. She said she is one of approximately 2,000 co-recipients, as the agency was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
“I was actually rooting for Bono to get the peace prize because of the good work he does,” said Frey-Floch. “I’m just an average person, but I think any person can make a difference if they try. Every person is part of a greater good.”
Frey-Flock said it is her opinion that the prize was given to the agency not just for the recent discussions it has had with North Korea, Iran and Iraq, but because of the little things the agency does on a daily basis.
Frey-Floch said the IAEA, which began in 1957, is based in Vienna, Austria, and is a United Nations body but is an autonomous entity and not under the supervision of the UN. She said the agency is committed to promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy while guarding against nuclear weapons purposes. “What the IAEA does is fascinating, but much of the work of the IAEA goes unnoticed,” said Frey-Floch.
She said the agency assists in the monitoring of nuclear energy for safe uses. The agency also sends in specialists for emergency situations. As an example, she mentioned when the agency assisted in Iraq.
“Because we have international standards and because Saddam Hussein was not living up to those standards, our action teams went in 13 years ago and blew up his weapons-grade radioactive materials,” said Frey-Floch.
Frey-Floch said she became involved in the IAEA after she visited some friends in Vienna when she was going to school at Kent State University majoring in education. She said she liked the country so much that she stayed and started working for the agency.
Frey-Floch said her job at IAEA involves setting up projects to allow information on computer desktops to be utilized by IAEA board members, participants, staff and clients.
“The best part of my job is working with people from 90 different countries, but that also makes it the most difficult part of my job,” said Frey-Floch. “My most fascinating job was when we first got Web and e-mail services.”
Frey-Floch said she helped to set up all the Web and e-mail services for several countries’ embassies in Vienna so they could easily interface with the IAEA.
Frey-Floch said she has moved back to Steubenville for now because she is receiving medical treatment and she wants to be with her family.
“I missed my family and my country,” said Frey-Floch, who is quick to credit her integrity to her parents, Clara Frey of Steubenville, and the late George Frey, and to her experiences in church and Sunday school.
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