Mohamed “Quscondy” Abdulshafi
Founder, Darfur Student Movement
Mohamed Abdulshafi, well known by Quscondy, was born and raised in what used to be Marie village in Central Darfur. He is currently a graduate student at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, pursuing dual master degrees in International Development and Conflict Resolution, May 2018. He was a 2017 summer fellow at Peace Direct in Washington D.C. He worked on research and advocacy where he was an author for the Insight on Conflict website and published an Op-Ed in The Hill.
Quscondy received the Civil Society Leadership Award from the Open Society Foundation in 2018. He holds a BA in Development Studies from Kampala International University and a Diploma in Philosophy from the University of Khartoum.
Quscondy grew up in Darfur’s rural agricultural community and loves gardening and riding horses. In his childhood, he experienced both the joy of peace and prosperity and the horror of violent conflicts.
Quscondy is the founding member of the Darfur Student Movement in 2003, a student organization against the genocide and ethnic cleansing in Darfur. Due to his activism, he was arrested and tortured by the government security and later forced to flee Sudan.
While in exile in East Africa, Quscondy advocated for peace and human rights protections in Sudan. He researched, advocated and implemented peacebuilding programs in Sudan’s conflict zones in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan with the Sudan Democracy First Group. He was Sudan’s regional focal person in the Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict.
Quscondy’s unwavering commitment to peace is driven by his experience with war in Darfur that destroyed his home, displaced his family, and forced him to live in exile for over 11 years.