Musa Abakar

2023 Invisible Champion Award - Nova Scotia/Halifax

Nominator Comments:

Musa’s life is dedicated to supporting refugees to settle and integrate into their new community in NS. He works around the clock, nights, weekends to ensure that every person who arrives is cared for like family. His kindness and dedication cannot ever be fully rewarded. Musa and his family are themselves former refugees and arrived more than 15 years ago. Despite the many hardships they have faced in leaving their home behind and economic hardships faced as refugees in a new land, Musa has given everything he has to support others, including giving the shirt off his back. He has personally sponsored dozens of people to leave horrific conditions and to resettle in NS. Everything he has goes to support refugees at the expense of his own comfort at times. He works non stop at ISANS to help incoming people to feel at home in NS, then goes home and works every other minute to do the same job unpaid. His payment is the satisfaction of knowing that he has helped others to escape the horrors of living in refugee camps.Musa is the most inspirational person I have ever met. Musa radiates kindness. He and a group established the first ever Sudanese Association in NS to help provide a welcoming environment to people from Sudan and South Sudan, he works at burnout pace to ensure that every person has the opportunity to live in peace in NS. We can personally thank him for the incredible retention of refugees in NS and their incredible contribution to our province.

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