Fartuun Adan and her daughter Ilwad Elman win 2022 Right Livelihood Award

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The Swedish-based NGO Right Livelihood on Thursday named Adan, Elman, and Kamugisha winners of the 2022 Right Livelihood Award for their courage in promoting human rights and peace.

 

Adan and Elman are specifically awarded for promoting peace, demilitarization and human rights in Somalia in the face of terrorism and gender-based violence.

Kamugisha, on the other hand, has been honored for his courageous work for climate justice and community rights violated by extractivist energy projects in Uganda.

newsinsde”The 2022 Right Livelihood laureates are grassroots actors dedicated to strengthening their communities,” Ole von Uexkull, Executive Director at Right Livelihood, said.

Von Uexkull added that their successes demonstrate how we can build societies on the principles of justice rather than exploitation.

Founded in 1980, the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel) honors and supports courageous people solving global problems. The award comes with long-term support to highlight and expand laureates’ work.

To date, 190 laureates from 74 countries have received the award.

Elman’s dedication to peace

Ilwad Elman, 33, was only seven when her father, Elman Ali Ahmed, a prominent Somali peace activist, was assassinated in 1996 in their home country Somalia.

When she was two years old, the civil war broke out in Somalia, forcing her family to seek refuge in neighboring countries before resettling in Canada.

Ahmed’s killing was linked to Elman Peace — a nonprofit organization Elman’s mother, Adan, founded together with the father in 1990.

At that time, the organization focused on an initiative called “Drop the Gun, Pick Up the Pen,” which supported the disarmament, rehabilitation, and reintegration of thousands of young people from clan-based militias in Somalia.

Since the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, Somalia and its people have not known peace, and currently, the government is battling the al-Shabab extremist group.

Helpless toys of war

Armed groups and intelligence services mostly use children as soldiers because more than 60% of Somalia’s population is younger than 25.

A 2022 report by the UN states that “grave violations against children committed by all parties to the conflict continue unabated.”

The report also reveals that children are subject to violations “at staggering levels.”

The Swedish-based NGO Right Livelihood on Thursday named Adan, Elman, and Kamugisha winners of the 2022 Right Livelihood Award for their courage in promoting human rights and peace.

Adan and Elman are specifically awarded for promoting peace, demilitarization and human rights in Somalia in the face of terrorism and gender-based violence.

Kamugisha, on the other hand, has been honored for his courageous work for climate justice and community rights violated by extractivist energy projects in Uganda.

newsinsde”The 2022 Right Livelihood laureates are grassroots actors dedicated to strengthening their communities,” Ole von Uexkull, Executive Director at Right Livelihood, said.

Von Uexkull added that their successes demonstrate how we can build societies on the principles of justice rather than exploitation.

Founded in 1980, the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel) honors and supports courageous people solving global problems. The award comes with long-term support to highlight and expand laureates’ work.

To date, 190 laureates from 74 countries have received the award.

Elman’s dedication to peace

Ilwad Elman, 33, was only seven when her father, Elman Ali Ahmed, a prominent Somali peace activist, was assassinated in 1996 in their home country Somalia.

When she was two years old, the civil war broke out in Somalia, forcing her family to seek refuge in neighboring countries before resettling in Canada.

Ahmed’s killing was linked to Elman Peace — a nonprofit organization Elman’s mother, Adan, founded together with the father in 1990.

At that time, the organization focused on an initiative called “Drop the Gun, Pick Up the Pen,” which supported the disarmament, rehabilitation, and reintegration of thousands of young people from clan-based militias in Somalia.

Since the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, Somalia and its people have not known peace, and currently, the government is battling the al-Shabab extremist group.

Helpless toys of war

Armed groups and intelligence services mostly use children as soldiers because more than 60% of Somalia’s population is younger than 25.

A 2022 report by the UN states that “grave violations against children committed by all parties to the conflict continue unabated.”

The report also reveals that children are subject to violations “at staggering levels.”

The Swedish-based NGO Right Livelihood on Thursday named Adan, Elman, and Kamugisha winners of the 2022 Right Livelihood Award for their courage in promoting human rights and peace.

Adan and Elman are specifically awarded for promoting peace, demilitarization and human rights in Somalia in the face of terrorism and gender-based violence.

Kamugisha, on the other hand, has been honored for his courageous work for climate justice and community rights violated by extractivist energy projects in Uganda.

newsinsde”The 2022 Right Livelihood laureates are grassroots actors dedicated to strengthening their communities,” Ole von Uexkull, Executive Director at Right Livelihood, said.

Von Uexkull added that their successes demonstrate how we can build societies on the principles of justice rather than exploitation.

Founded in 1980, the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel) honors and supports courageous people solving global problems. The award comes with long-term support to highlight and expand laureates’ work.

To date, 190 laureates from 74 countries have received the award.

Elman’s dedication to peace

Ilwad Elman, 33, was only seven when her father, Elman Ali Ahmed, a prominent Somali peace activist, was assassinated in 1996 in their home country Somalia.

When she was two years old, the civil war broke out in Somalia, forcing her family to seek refuge in neighboring countries before resettling in Canada.

Ahmed’s killing was linked to Elman Peace — a nonprofit organization Elman’s mother, Adan, founded together with the father in 1990.

At that time, the organization focused on an initiative called “Drop the Gun, Pick Up the Pen,” which supported the disarmament, rehabilitation, and reintegration of thousands of young people from clan-based militias in Somalia.

Since the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, Somalia and its people have not known peace, and currently, the government is battling the al-Shabab extremist group.

Helpless toys of war

Armed groups and intelligence services mostly use children as soldiers because more than 60% of Somalia’s population is younger than 25.

A 2022 report by the UN states that “grave violations against children committed by all parties to the conflict continue unabated.”

The report also reveals that children are subject to violations “at staggering levels.”

Source: DW

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