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Facilitator of released Chibok girls wins $150, 000 Nansen Refugee award


A picture taken in Abuja on September 15, 2017 shows Nigerian lawyer Zannah Mustapha speaking about Chibok schoolgirls.<br />A Nigerian lawyer who helped secure the release of more than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram was on Monday awarded one of the United Nations’ top prizes. The UNHCR said Zannah Mustapha was given the annual Nansen award for his “crucial mediating” role as well as his work helping children affected by the long-running conflict. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA

The facilitator of the released Chibok schoolgirls, Zannah Mustapha, has won the prestigious Nansen Refugee Award.

The award of $150,000 was for providing quality education to displaced and vulnerable children affected by Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast.

Mustapha, a lawyer and a champion for the rights of displaced children established the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School in 2007, to provide free education, feeding, uniforms and healthcare to the underprivileged children in the region.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, said in Abuja yesterday that Mustapha’s work was helping to foster peaceful co-existence and rebuild communities in the region.

He said the school that began as a single elementary classroom with a roster of 36 children was now providing free education for 540 , half of whom are girls.

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