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Nigerian lawyer honoured at 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR today honoured Zannah Mustapha with the 2017 Nansen Refugee Award at a ceremony in Geneva for founding a school in Maiduguri, Nigeria, the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency.

The school has stayed open throughout the conflict with Boko Haram, which has seen some 20,000 killed across the Lake Chad region, and millions more displaced.

The school provides a free education, as well as free meals, uniforms and health care, to children affected and displaced by violence. Those orphaned by the conflict on both sides are welcomed into Mustapha’s classrooms as a sign of the reconciliation he hopes to achieve in the region. Continue reading Nigerian lawyer honoured at 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony

Angelina Jolie Addresses United Nations to Praise Nigerian Lawyer Who Has Helped Educate and Feed Orphans

 

Just weeks after the New York City premiere of her Netflix war movie First They Killed My Father, Angelina Jolie donned her humanitarian hat to send a taped message to Nigerian mediator Zannah Mustapha, who she praised as an “inspiration.”

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Chibok girls: How I helped negotiate swap with Boko Haram – Shehu Sani (www.dailytrust.com.ng)

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central), yesterday said he linked the Swiss government with commanders of Boko Haram for release of the Chibok girls.
Speaking on the release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls on Thursday, Sani said he established contact with the Swiss government through their embassy in 2014 but that the arrangement yielded no result then because of the lackadaisical attitude of former president Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
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Prisoners of Boko Haram, then prisoners of fame (www.gulfnews.com)

The next time international do-gooders decide to lend their hashtag support to a cause in Africa, it would be wise to remember the fallout of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign.

In April 2014, the Islamist militant group Boko Haram abducted more than 270 schoolgirls from their dorm in Chibok, in north-east Nigeria. The global Bring Back Our Girls campaign began about two weeks later. The Chibok students were hardly the first victims; thousands had already been kidnapped, an atrocity that went mostly unpublicised for almost two years. But the campaign pressured the government into prioritising the Chibok abductees, leading to 21 of them being freed last October. Continue reading Prisoners of Boko Haram, then prisoners of fame (www.gulfnews.com)