Since the assassination of her son by Mohamed Merah in March 2012, Latifa Ibn Ziaten fights against Islamist radicalization in schools and prisons.
Madame IBN ZIATEN remercie l'association lyonnaise l'Hospitalité d'Abraham, présidée par le père Christian Delorme, qui a eu l'idée de présenter sa candidature pour le prix Nobel de la Paix 2018.
— Latifa Ibn Ziaten (@LatifaIbnZ) January 18, 2018
“Mrs. Ibn Ziaten thanks the Lyon association L’Hospitalité d’Abraham, chaired by Father Christian Delorme, who had the idea to present her application for the Nobel Peace Prize 2018,” wrote the author of Mort pour la France: Mohamed Merah a tué mon fils, on Twitter January 18.
“Latifa Ibn Ziaten is unquestionably an important peace-maker in today’s French society,” writes the association chaired by Father Christian Delorme, a French priest known for his involvement in inter-religious dialogue, particularly with Muslims.
The 58-year-old French-Moroccan activist from Tetouan is the mother of the young soldier Imad Ibn Ziaten murdered on March 11, 2012 by the terrorist Mohammed Merah in Toulouse, in the south of France. He was his first victim.
The Imad Association for Youth and Peace leader, who lives in France but regularly comes to Morocco where she launched a series of educational and youth awareness projects in the fight against religious extremism, has already received a series of awards and honors, including the Global Hope Coalition award on September, 2017 in New York.
The Nobel Peace Prize rewards each year “the personality who will have most or best contributed to the brotherhood among nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the holding and promotion of congresses for the peace”.