Imani House Nominated for the ‘Aurora Humanitarian’ Award

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Bisi Ideraabdullah feeding Liberian children at one of her sustainable agriculture programs designed to eliminate hunger and food shortages, 1998

Bisi Ideraadbullah, educator, activist, and humanitarian has been nominated by Aurora Humanitarian Initiative for the Awakening Humanity Prize, 2021, the initiative website disclosed.

Madam Ideraadbullah is the co-founder and president of the Imani House Liberia and New York (www.imanihouse.org). She is representing the USA among the top 637 nominees from 73 countries and territories including the Czech Republic, India, Georgia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Nigeria, Armenia, Kenya, and the United Kingdom.

The Aurora Prize honored winner with a sum of US $1,000,000 to continue the cycle of giving and support the organizations to the humanitarian work.

Madam Ideraabdullah is an American, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA, and has worked in Liberia from 1985 to the present. Through her organization, she has worked with women and girls during the civil war, providing them with vocational education and health services. 

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is Organization that seeks to address on-the-ground humanitarian challenges around the world with the focus on helping the most destitute. Its mission is rooted in Armenian history as it was founded on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors and strives to transform this experience into a global movement. 

The Prize recognizes and supports those who risk their life, health, freedom, reputation, or livelihood in order to save and aid individuals that suffer as a result of today’s tragedies, especially man-conceived disasters and crimes against humanity including those fighting the global outbreak of COVID-19.

The prize is in remembrance of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors that occurred Armenia during world war I. 

The Genocide was the systematic murder and ethnic cleansing of around 1 million ethnic ‘Armenians’ by the  Ottoman government during World War I. The country was absorbed into the Ottoman empire. The Ottoman rulers, like most of their subjects, were Muslim. They permitted religious minorities like the Armenians to maintain some autonomy, but they also subjected Armenians, who they viewed as “infidels,” to unequal and unjust treatment.

The Kingdom of Armenia as an independent entity was the first nation in the world to make Christianity its official region and made its home in the Caucasus region of Eurasia for some 3,000 years. Armenians had to pay higher taxes than Muslims, for example, and they had very few political and legal rights.

In spite of these challenges, the Armenian community thrived under Ottoman rule. They tended to be better educated and wealthier than their Turkish neighbors, who in turn grew to resent their success.

This resentment was compounded by suspicions that the Christian Armenians would be more loyal to Christian governments (that of the Russians, for example, who shared an unstable border with Turkey) than they were to the Ottoman caliphate.

The award is named after ‘Aurora Mardiganian’, a survivor of the Armenia Genocide and the author of the book, Ravished Armenia.

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