My family tries to be strong, but I can see the fear through their eyes. I have one little brother who is seven years old. He used to be a very active boy, but now he prefers to stay beside my mom and all his drawings are about the violence and about children being hurt. He has lost his appetite for food and play. We try to help him not be afraid, we always read him stories and play with him so he can forget what is going on outside.

Maissa Abdul-halim Abu Samra, a member of our youth leadership program in Gaza. As the hostilities between Israel and Gaza bring increased airstrikes and escalating violence, members of our youth leadership program in Gaza are sharing how the conflict is affecting their lives.

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As the hostilities between Israel and Gaza bring increased airstrikes and escalating violence, members of our youth leadership program in Gaza are writing about how the conflict is affecting their lives.
Gaza is one of seven places around the world where we’re working to build an international network of young leaders who think globally and act locally. They’re learning about social issues, global needs and alternative dispute resolution, exchanging ideas across borders and inspiring their peers to take action on critical humanitarian issues.
Read their stories.

As the hostilities between Israel and Gaza bring increased airstrikes and escalating violence, members of our youth leadership program in Gaza are writing about how the conflict is affecting their lives.

Gaza is one of seven places around the world where we’re working to build an international network of young leaders who think globally and act locally. They’re learning about social issues, global needs and alternative dispute resolution, exchanging ideas across borders and inspiring their peers to take action on critical humanitarian issues.

Read their stories.

If you want to learn about the Arab Awakening, hang out with some teenagers in Tunisia. Our Communications Director Joy Portella spent an afternoon in Gafsa with a group from the Global Citizen Corps, a Mercy Corps program that mobilizes young people, links them up with other youth networks around the world, and helps them take action on issues ranging from environmental degradation to access to education. Joy writes:

Today, young people in Gafsa are hopeful but not naïve. One 15-year old GCC member told me, “Life was complicated before the revolution. People wanted to make change but they couldn’t.” Her 21-year-old friend chimed in, “Now we need to change ourselves; we need to find out what we’re capable of.”

Read more.

If you want to learn about the Arab Awakening, hang out with some teenagers in Tunisia. Our Communications Director Joy Portella spent an afternoon in Gafsa with a group from the Global Citizen Corps, a Mercy Corps program that mobilizes young people, links them up with other youth networks around the world, and helps them take action on issues ranging from environmental degradation to access to education. Joy writes:

Today, young people in Gafsa are hopeful but not naïve. One 15-year old GCC member told me, “Life was complicated before the revolution. People wanted to make change but they couldn’t.” Her 21-year-old friend chimed in, “Now we need to change ourselves; we need to find out what we’re capable of.”

Read more.