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The Nigerian Omar Farouq Bashir was a teenager when, in an argument with a peer, he said something that was deemed blasphemous. 

For this, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Sharia court.

Dr Piotr Cywiński, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and President of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, stood up for Omar, with the support of over 300 people from all over the world who were willing to serve part of the sentence in exchange for the boy's release.

This outpouring of support led by Cywiński turned a global spotlight on Omar’s case. Fortunately, no sentences were served and thanks to the persistent efforts of his lawyers, Omar was cleared of all charges, acquitted, and released from prison on January 25, 2021.

However, his life is still under severe threat by extremist groups. In order to avoid a possible attack, Omar had to immediately relocate following his release.

To learn more, follow the links below: 

The first letter of Piotr Cywiński to the President of Nigeria

The second letter of Piotr Cywiński to the President of Nigeria and the list of volunteers willing to help Omar

Tweet announcing Omar's release


UNICEF STATEMENT (16 September 2020)
BBC (25 September 2020)
DEUTSCHE WELLE (26 September 2020)
CNN (31 January 2021) 

Help Omar to build a new life. 

We are happy to inform you that we have collected 3843.19 euros and 4775.85 zlotys. 

We wish to express our gratitude to all the donors. The money will be used to finance Omar Farouq's education. 

The Foundation is currently finalising the signing of a special agreement with the John Godson Educational Foundation. John Godson is a former member of the Polish Parliament, residing in the Nigerian capital. His foundation, which supports the education of specific individuals in Nigeria on a daily basis, will take care of financing Omar's further education. Updates on this will be published on this page.

Once again, thank you very much to all the people who supported the action to save the teenager!