Nigerian Imam, Sudan Activist Honored With U.S. Govt Award

There were two African beneficiaries of the US government award: Nigerian Imam Abubakar Abdullahi risked his life during June 2018 clashes that targeted predominantly Christian communities when he hid hundreds of people fleeing the attacks inside his mosque and home, while Sudanese human rights laywer Mohamed Yosaif Abdalrahan has worked tirelessly to defend the rights of Sudan's religious minorities, both in his legal casework and through public advocacy.


Imam Abdullahi Abubakar, who helped save hundreds of people’s lives in Plateau state in 2018.

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo presents the award to Mohamed Yosaif Abdalrahan of Sudan at the 2019 International Religious Freedom Awards ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 17, 2019.

Pompeo and the 2019 International Religious Freedom Award Recipients (L to R) William Warda, Pascale Warda, Ivanir dos Santos, Mohamed Yosaif Abdalrahan and Salpy Eskidjian Weiderud at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.


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