A French citizen, secular, republican and muslim: a mediator
Born in Vaux-en-Velin, Abdel is now a reference in the field of mediation and living together.
After a professional boxing career that led him to the top step of the podium, Abdel, long illiterate, has gone back to school. He wanted a job. To be in solidarity with others. He was deputy mayor at Vaux en Velin for 10 years before leaving politics and creating the Nés &cités (pronounced necessity) which aims to mediation in popular neighborhoods, to establish contact between sensitive areas and the economic, institutional and polical world.
Extend our hand
His profession of faith: "going towards the others, helping them as I was helped myself, and move forward with them."
A priority: jobs
Abdel puts in daily contact companies and city youth. We have, he said, developed concepts that are aiming at bringing closer young people and recruiting companies who have trouble finding specific profiles in times of crisis.
Due to 20,000 contact proposals from employers, 7,000 young people have found jobs, thanks to this direct contact.
We're lucky he said, the economic world follows us (my first sponsors in sports, and now many companies look for talents coming from our neighbourhoods to strengthen their activities and their development. "They can no longer afford to do without this human resource. "We love, he said, to work on our similarities but it is with our differences that we are complementary and the most useful.
"Jobs created a dynamic within families and within the territory because, yes, he says, these territories are marked! Yes, there are people who are lost! Yes, the actors that accompany them, are alone! Yes, the government has just forgotten us!,
"If there is one single message to fight against the scourge of regimentation, whether religious or criminal, it is employment!"