The US State Department has honored murdered Sokoto student Deborah Samuel.

Deborah, a 200-level home economics student at Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, was murdered by Islamist extremists and set on fire after advising her classmates not to post any religious material on their WhatsApp page.

On August 22, America’s International Day to Commemorate the Victims of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, Deborah’s photo was uploaded to the website of the United States Bureau of Religious Freedom.

The office promotes universal respect for freedom of religion or belief for all as a core objective of US foreign policy.

It also monitors religiously motivated abuse, harassment and discrimination worldwide, and recommends, develops and implements policies and programs to address such issues.

In honor of Deborah, the office wrote: “In May, Nigerian student Deborah Samuel was brutally stoned, flogged and burned in an attack fueled by hate and blasphemy allegations, even as authorities tried to stop it. We honor her life as we continue to work to end this brutal violence.”

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