Great news for Nigerian mediator Zannah Mustapha this week.
He has been awarded the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees Nansen Refugee Award.
The award is in recognition of humanitarian work on behalf of refugees and in Zannah’s case is for his work helping to secure the release of dozens of Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.
Zannah personally escorted 21 Chibok schoolgirls from Boko Haram’s control in October 2016. A further 82 have since been released with Zannah’s help.
Filippo Grandi UN High Commissioner for Refugees said “The work Mustapha and his team are doing is of the utmost importance, helping to foster peaceful coexistence and rebuild communities in northeastern Nigeria. With this award, we honor his vision and service"
Zannah is from Borno State northeast Nigeria and his work included helping to improve the lives of the displaced children and families whose lives had been completely shattered by Boko Haram’s actions.
Boko Haram has, in 8 years of insurgency, killed over 20,000 and women and girls who have been kidnapped have been used as suicide bombers, so it is difficult to overstate Zannah’s excellent work.
He founded the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School for orphans and vulnerable children in Maidugur, the capital of his home state of Borno, and coincidentally the birth place of Boko Haram.
The school now provides free education to over 500 students, a second school has now been opened with nearly 100 further pupils being provided with free education.
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