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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

Media:

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. Depending on the amount raised, we plan to provide him with a new home in a safe environment outside the Kano state where he was accused and tried, pay for his education, and also compensate part of the costs incurred by the lawyers supporting him in Nigeria. 

Please share the address of this page as widely as possible! 

Due to legal regulations of museums' operations in Poland, this fundraising effort and all related communications will be driven by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, of which the Museum Director is also President. The Foundation will do this pro bono. 

The Foundation publishes its annual reports and the results of an external audit in Polish and English. Details on the fundraising and the use of the money raised for Omar will also be published.