More than a refugee | Annual Gala 2018

More than a refugee | Annual Gala 2018

More than a refugee will be the theme for our Annual Fundraising event this year. We will be highlighting the humanity of refugees, and raising awareness about the challenges and hopes of the Horn of Africa region. In times like these, it is important to remember that these refugees are more than numbers, statistics, and a burden. They are human beings with goals and aspirations like all of us.


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Midpointe Event Center
415 Pascal Street North.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Doors open at 6:30pm



Zamzam Yusuf currently holds the position of Program Director at the Islamic Center of Minnesota (ICM). Born and raised in Minneapolis, she also graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities this past May and is going into the field of software engineering. She was involved in many student organizations in college, leading the Al-Madinah Cultural Center, the Muslim Students Association at her alma mater, and other projects throughout her college career. She’s also quite passionate about youth work and mentoring, tutoring students from k-8th grade for a few years, working as a youth counselor for a few summers, as well as working as a Educational & Writing Consultant for students at the University of Minnesota.



Eskinder is a recognized Senior Executive leader and brings nearly 40 years of proven non-profit management experience, working on behalf of refugees and immigrants and managing non-profit social service agencies. He served as Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the largest government-funded refugee resettlement organization in the world, from 2009-2015. With a budget of over $1.5 billion, the ORR plays a critical role in providing essential services to a wide range of vulnerable people through the Resettlement Program, Rescue & Restore anti-trafficking campaign and the Unaccompanied Children’s Program. Under his leadership, ORR served more than 850,000 people in six years. Prior to his appointment by the Obama Administration, he served as the vice president and chief operating officer of USCRI.


In 2016, Sabrina was nominated and selected by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the position of Honorary Representative and High-Profile Supporter established to assist Eritrean refugees.

In 2017, Sabrina launched RefuCare, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the Eritrean refugee camps in the Horn of Africa. In 2018, The Forgotten, a documentary on Eritrean refugees produced and directed by Sabrina Aman will be released in an effort to gain awareness to the plight of the Eritrean refugees, a topic that has become so near and dear to Sabrina’s ongoing humanitarian mission.



Mohamed Idris is a co-founder (2000) and current Executive Director of ARAHA. He is currently serving as a board member of Interaction an alliance organization in Washington, D.C. of about 180 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that work around the world. From 2007 to 2014, Mr. Idris also served as vice chair of the board of directors at Life for Relief and Development. He earned an associate degree in Pharmaceutical Science in Kuwait, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University, and a master’s degree in Management from Hamline University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate program in Organization Development and Change at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.