Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said is the 2013 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award winner. The award is the National Peace Corps Association’s highest honor, given to Said in recognition for his contributions to peace in Kenya. In addition to practicing medicine in the country, Said is a former president of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims – the first African to hold that position.
Said rose through the Kenya Red Cross Society to become president of the organization and oversaw the world’s largest refugee camp in neighboring Somalia. He is lifelong member of the Kenya Medical Association and founded the KMA Human Rights Committee.
Said also works as a coordinator for the Africa and Middle East Reconstructive Surgical Camps for Fundacion Pedro Cavadas, headquartered in Spain. Said’s team has performed reconstructive surgery on children and adults from eight African countries. Also active in education, Said serves as chairman of Bungoma Muslim Secondary School and is a board member of the Mumias Vocational Secondary School for Deaf Girls, where he has helped secure Peace Corps and U.S. Embassy support.
Dr. Said sat down with Julie Strupp of AllAfrica in Washington, DC, to talk about his work and the Global Citizen award.