Thursday 05 October 2017, 12:30 – 13:30
Zannah Mustapha: A dialogue on peaceful mediation
2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award winner
Maison de la Paix, Geneva
The 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award winner Zannah Mustapha will discuss his crucial role in the mediation for the release of 276 kidnapped school girls from Chibok, Nigeria, as well as his school for orphans and children affected by Boko Haram violence.
A former barrister, Zannah Mustapha has become a champion for the rights of displaced children growing up amid violence in north-eastern Nigeria. Mustapha founded a the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School in 2007 and kept the doors open when most other establishments were forced to close. The school provides free education, school meals, uniforms and access to healthcare to children and orphans affected by the violence. In 2016 and 2017, Mustapha mediated between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government, resulting in the release of 103 girls on two rescue missions.
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