L’Malouma Said

anti-slavery activist, deputy (Member of Parliament) to the Mauritanian National Assembly

L’Malouma Said (Arabic: معلومة سعيد بنت بلال‎; born 1972) is a politician and activist from Mauritania. In 2018, she received the International Women of Courage Award from the U.S Department of State.[1][2]

L'Malouma Said in 2018


L’Malouma Said was born a slave in Boutilmitt, Mauritania. She was a leader in the El Hor movement (Movement for the liberation of Haratines) in Mauritania. She helped to start the Mauritanian anti-slavery organization S.O.S. Esclaves. She is married to Boubacar Messaoud, the current leader of S.O.S. Esclaves.[3][4]

She was elected to the National Assembly of the Parliament of Mauritania in 2006 and 2013. [1][5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Biographies of the Finalists for the 2018 International Women of Courage Awards". www.state.gov.
  2. "موريتانية و عراقية بين "أشجع" نساء العالم - أكجوجت انفو". akjoujt.net.
  3. "Mauritania's L'Malouma Said and Rwanda's Godelieve Mukasarasi Honoured by the U.S. for Courage & Selfless Service - How Africa News". howafrica.com.
  4. "صور من تسلم " المعلومة بنت بلال " لجائزة المرأة الشجاعة من زوجة الرئيس الأمريكي - صحيفة مراسلون". www.mourassiloun.com. Archived from the original on 2019-10-19. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  5. "Lauréates du prix international du courage féminin 2018 - Ambassade des Etats-Unis au Tchad". 26 March 2018. Archived from the original on 26 March 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2018.

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