Youth

From Gaza to Mount Kilimanjaro
04 April 2014
At the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Motasem Abu Karsh, a Palestine refugee from Gaza’s Amer neighbourhood, raised the flag of Palestine to fly in the sky above Africa. For this 16-year-old, it was a particularly sweet victory. To reach the top of the mountain, Motasem had to overcome not just the everyday challenges...
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Engaging Youth to Engage the Youngest
02 April 2014
Watching Reitag, 4, and Hadi, 5, concentrate on making paper snowmen seems an almost charmed scene. But for these kids and the 23 other young Palestine refugees in their group, their short lives have been anything but charmed. Instead, they’ve been marked by the unimaginable horrors and the sudden displacements of the...
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Step by Step
31 March 2014
“For 18 years, I used to take my pocket money from my dad”, says Hanan. Now 35, she has always nurtured great expectations, planning to become a career woman with no need for pocket money.
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Climbing to the Top
19 March 2014
West Bank Yasmeen al-Najjar had one of her legs amputated when she was only 3 years old, after being hit by a car in her village, Burin, near Nablus. In January 2014, when Yasmeen al-Najjar was 17, she was very far away from Burin: 19,341 feet above sea level, at the summit of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro...
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UNRWA Scholarship Eases the Life of a Needy Student
21 February 2014
When 18-year-old Zeid came home in August 2012 with the news that he had excelled in the Tawjihi exams, earning an average of 96.2 per cent, his father, Yousef Abu-Ersheid, could not hold back tears. But they were not just the happy tears of a proud father. "I am crying because I am afraid you won't be able to...
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Engaging Youth: A Journey to Self-Sufficiency
06 February 2014
Damascus Dark-eyed and vivacious, 23-year-old Samar is the picture of a successful entrepreneur, but behind that picture are all the unhappiness and uncertainty of the conflict that has been devastating Syria for nearly three years. After being forced to flee their home in Yarmouk, Samar and her family came to the UN...
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Protecting the Future in Syria
27 January 2014
Damascus After nearly three years of conflict in Syria, it’s becoming clear that the impacts are not just in the violence of the present: Another casualty – for children who cannot go to school, for patients who cannot see their doctors, for people who have lost their jobs, savings and homes – is the future. One of...
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Promoting Respect and Dignity through Sport
20 November 2013
On 20 November, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and Italian organization UISP Sport per Tutti held a ceremony, at the UNRWA Lebanon field office, to mark the conclusion of a project focusing on sport as a tool to convey values of respect
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Unstoppable Girl
18 November 2013
Getting an education has been harder for Sara than for most young Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip
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Run for Peace
11 November 2013
Hundreds of Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian youth throughout Lebanon came together to run the 2013 Beirut Marathon. This year’s marathon was dedicated to peacemaking
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