Winner of the 2016 John F. Kiffney Public Service Award from the Providence Newspaper Guild; and recipient of ‘One of Rhode Islanders of the Year 2015’ award from Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, Omar Bah is the Founder & Executive Director of the Refugee Dream Center. He is a torture survivor, former journalist and refugee from The Gambia in West Africa. Bah is also the author of the book, Africa’s Hell on Earth: The Ordeal of an African Journalist. He represents the state of Rhode Island at the Refugee Congress of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Washington, DC; and is an alumnus of the LIRS Leadership Academy where he has also offered leadership training to fellow refugees. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in political science from the University of Rhode Island; master’s degree in Public Administration from Roger Williams University, and a master’s in Counseling Psychology in Global Mental Health from William James College where he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Leadership Psychology. Bah has completed trauma treatment certification at the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, and does trauma based therapy. Omar is immensely thankful to the United States for giving him a chance for a second life. His has now dedicated his life to supporting refugees who have passed through the same journey as him.