Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

Aurora Prize
Fartuun Adan and Ms. Ilwad Elman, founders of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre, Somalia, mother and daughter who are unwavering in their mission to protect human rights, women’s rights, and facilitate peace building, development and the rehabilitation of child soldiers amidst insecure and dangerous conditions. Ms. Jamila Afghani, chairperson of the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization, Afghanistan – a polio victim who accidentally received the gift of reading and has dedicated her life to bringing reading and education to girls and women, while enlisting the help of Muslim leaders of faith in her mission. Dr.


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Somalis (Soomaalida) are an ethnic Cushitic peoples inhabiting the Horn of Africa. The overwhelming majority of Somalis speak the Somali language, which is part of the Cushitic branch of the Afroasiatic family. They are predominantly Sunni Muslim. Ethnic Somalis number around 28-30 million and are principally concentrated in Somalia (around 15 million), Ethiopia (8.5 million), Kenya (2.4–3 million), and Djibouti (534,000). A Somali diaspora is also found in parts of the Middle East, African Great Lakes region, Southern Africa, North America, Oceania, and Western Europe.


Mogadishu ( Muqdisho ; مقديشو ; Mogadiscio), locally known as Xamar or Hamar, is the capital and most populous city of Somalia. Located in the coastal Banadir region on the Somali Sea, the city has served as an important port for millennia., it had a population of 2,425,000 residents. Mogadishu is the nearest foreign mainland city to Seychelles, at a distance of only 835 mi over the Somali Sea.

Non-governmental organization

NGOnon-governmental organisationNGOs
Non-governmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, or nongovernment organizations, commonly referred to as NGOs, are usually non-profit and sometimes international organizations independent of governments and international governmental organizations (though often funded by governments) that are active in humanitarian, educational, health care, public policy, social, human rights, environmental, and other areas to affect changes according to their objectives. They are thus a subgroup of all organizations founded by citizens, which include clubs and other associations that provide services, benefits, and premises only to members.

United States Department of State

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The United States Department of State (DOS), commonly referred to as the State Department, is the federal executive department that advises the President and conducts international relations. Equivalent to the foreign ministry of other countries, it was established in 1789 as the nation's first executive department. The current Secretary of State is Mike Pompeo, who ascended to the office in April 2018 after Rex Tillerson resigned.

List of Somalis

Fartuun Adan – social activist; founder and Executive Director of the Elman Peace Centre. Elman Ali Ahmed – entrepreneur and social activist. Halima Ahmed – political activist with the Youth Rehabilitation Center in Mogadishu. Hodan Ahmed – political activist and Senior Program Officer at the National Democratic Institute. Ifrah Ahmed – social activist; founder of the UYI NGO. Nimco Ahmed – Somali-American political activist; State Director for the DFL. Abdirizak Bihi – social activist; Director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center. Ilwad Elman – social activist at the Elman Peace Centre. Asha Haji Elmi (Caasha Xaaji Cilmi) (b. 1962) – peace activist in Somalia.

Center for Public Leadership

Gleitsman International Activist Award
Zuckerman Fellows Program. 2015 – Fartuun Adan and Ilwad Elman, Founders, Elman Peace and Human Rights Center. 2013 – Sasha Chanoff, Founder and Executive Director, RefugePoint. 2011 – Teresa Ulloa Ziáurriz, Latin America and Caribbean regional director for Coalition Against Trafficking Women. 2009 – Karen Tse, founder of International Bridges to Justice. 2007 – Sakena Yacoobi, executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning. 2005 – Han Dongfang, advocate of the worker's movement in China; Patrick Alley, Charmian Gooch, and Simon Taylor, founders of Global Witness. 2003 – Leaders in the fight against poverty: Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder of BRAC University (formerly Bangladesh Rural Advancement

Lisa Shannon

In 2013, Shannon announced the transition to the Sister Somalia project being 100% Somali-woman owned and operated by Fartuun Adan and Ilwad Elman through Elman Peace and Human Rights Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College. In 2012 - 2013, Shannon earned her Master of Public Administration degree[6] from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow with the Center for Public Leadership[8], where she studied leadership and human rights.

Human rights in Somalia

Prominent human rights activists include the constitutional Committee of Experts member Hanan Ibrahim, who serves as the Chairperson of the Barnet Muslim Women's Network; Hawa Aden Mohamed, Chairperson of the Galkayo Education Centre for Peace and Development; and Fartuun Adan and her daughter Ilwad Elman, founders of the Mogadishu-based Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre. Article 29 of Somalia's national constitution defines a child as any individual under the age of 18, and stipulates that "every child has the right to be protected from mistreatment, neglect, abuse, or degradation."


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Canadians (Canadiens) are people identified with the country of Canada. This connection may be residential, legal, historical or cultural. For most Canadians, several (or all) of these connections exist and are collectively the source of their being Canadian.

Somali Civil War

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The Somali Civil War (Dagaalkii Sokeeye ee Soomaaliya, الحرب الأهلية الصومالية) is an ongoing civil war taking place in Somalia. It grew out of resistance to the military junta led by Siad Barre during the 1980s. By 1988–90, the Somali Armed Forces began engaging various armed rebel groups, including the Somali Salvation Democratic Front in the northeast, the Somali National Movement in the northwest, and the United Somali Congress in the south. The clan-based armed opposition groups eventually managed to overthrow the Barre government in 1991.


Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 e6km2, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra.

First Somali Bank

The First Somali Bank (FSB) is a bank headquartered in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Mount Kilimanjaro

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Mount Kilimanjaro or just Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, "Kibo", "Mawenzi", and "Shira", is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, about 4900 m from its base, and 5895 m above sea level. The first people known to have reached the summit of the mountain were Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889. The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination. The mountain has been the subject of many scientific studies because of its shrinking glaciers and disappearing ice fields.

Hawa Abdi

Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe (Xaawo Cabdi, حواء عبدي, born May 17, 1947) is a Somali human rights activist and physician. She is the founder and chairperson of the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF), a non-profit organization.

Edna Adan Ismail

Edna Adan
Edna Adan Ismail (Edna Aadan Ismaaciil or Adna Aadan Ismaaciil) (born September 8, 1937) was Foreign Minister of Somaliland from 2003 to 2006, and had previously served as Somaliland's Minister of Family Welfare and Social Development.

Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.

Muhammad Yunus

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Muhammad Yunus (মুহাম্মদ ইউনূস; born 28 June 1940) is a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist, and civil society leader who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. These loans are given to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. In 2006, Yunus and the Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts through microcredit to create economic and social development from below".