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Darfuri activist awarded in Washington

March 9 - 2012 Washington

On Thursday Darfuri activist Howa Abdullah Muhammed Salih was awarded at the Women of Courage ceremony in Washington.

Hawa, a resident of Abu Shouk displaced camp received the award with 10 other women from all over the world, in the presence of US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama.

'Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih has spent much of her life surrounded by conflict. Nine years ago, she and her family were forced to flee their home to escape the fighting between Darfuri rebels and the Sudanese Government. Years living in a camp persons ignited within her the drive to demand basic human rights for so many suffering in the Darfur region,' said Clinton.

'So, Hawa: “Human rights activist, thank you for giving voice to the women and children of Darfur and for your fearless advocacy for the rights of all marginalised Darfuris. And we hope and pray with you that peace will finally come to Darfur.'

Hawa accepted the award to honor all displaced people and refugees in camps who continue to suffer across Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

She pledged to work for them to help bring a secure, comprehensive and just peace for all parts of Sudan, ending discrimination and enduring true equality and citizenship, human rights and ending impunity for real democratisation of the country.


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