Saif Ahmad, CEO of MADE in Europe has been presented with the Award of Excellence by the Grand Mufti of Bosnia & Herzegovina Husein Kavazovic.
Mr. Ahmad received the award on the anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in which 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed.
Mr. Ahmad is the first foreign national and British citizen to receive this award. Over the last 20 years, he has worked tirelessly to initiate charitable initiatives in Bosnia & Herzegovina which have supported hundreds of Bosnian orphans and widows affected by the conflict in the 1990s.
The Grand Mufti said: “We are very touched to see your commitment and love for Bosnia and your continuous sacrifice. It is my privilege to honour you today with the Award of Excellence in recognition of your selfless effort for the Bosnian nation.”
Most recently Mr Ahmad’s organisation MADE in Europe set up a volunteer programme for young British Muslims to live with returnee families in eastern Bosnia, raising funds for livelihood projects such as strawberry farms and participating in the three day Mars Mira (Peace March) to commemorate the Srebrenica massacre that took place in 1995.
Mr Ahmad said: “I am humbled to receive this award. I simply responded to the call of my conscience to stand by those who are oppressed and consider myself to be the servant of those who gave their lives. My efforts are for the European youth to understand what took place and to create a society of understanding and love where a tragedy like the Bosnian war never repeats again.”
MADE in Europe is a Muslim campaigning and education charity which works to mobilise young people to learn and take action on global issues related to poverty, conflict and climate change.