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More than one million Syrian children have been forced to flee their war-torn country. 
We asked some of these young Syrian refugees to describe their experience through art and photography, and this is just one of the images we received. See more images and read about what inspires these young refugees.

More than one million Syrian children have been forced to flee their war-torn country. 

We asked some of these young Syrian refugees to describe their experience through art and photography, and this is just one of the images we received. See more images and read about what inspires these young refugees.

We believe in the power of all young people to change the world — even those caught in war, poverty and disaster. But how do we reach them with the support they need? In this Q+A, our Director of Conflict Management and Peacebuilding programs explains how we work to give youth in the toughest places the opportunities they need today to build a better tomorrow.

Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps

We believe in the power of all young people to change the world — even those caught in war, poverty and disaster. But how do we reach them with the support they need? 

In this Q+A, our Director of Conflict Management and Peacebuilding programs explains how we work to give youth in the toughest places the opportunities they need today to build a better tomorrow.

Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps works with over a million young people in some of the world’s toughest places, like Afghanistan, Somalia, Colombia and Yemen. Today on International Youth Day, we want to celebrate the important role they play in the global community. See 5 ways these young people are changing the world.

Mercy Corps works with over a million young people in some of the world’s toughest places, like Afghanistan, Somalia, Colombia and Yemen. Today on International Youth Day, we want to celebrate the important role they play in the global community. 

See 5 ways these young people are changing the world.

Happy Somali Youth Day! In celebration Mercy Corps is hosting a 10-day youth soccer tournament in Garowe, Somali. In communities recovering from conflict, Mercy Corps uses the power of play to bridge divisions and promote peacebuilding.
Learn more about how Sport for Change is transforming lives.
Photo: Lindsay Murphy/Mercy Corps

Happy Somali Youth Day! In celebration Mercy Corps is hosting a 10-day youth soccer tournament in Garowe, Somali. In communities recovering from conflict, Mercy Corps uses the power of play to bridge divisions and promote peacebuilding.

Learn more about how Sport for Change is transforming lives.

Photo: Lindsay Murphy/Mercy Corps

Mobile phones in the hands of youth may be the secret weapon for a strong democratic future in Kenya. Read more.
Photo by John Odienge for Mercy Corps

Mobile phones in the hands of youth may be the secret weapon for a strong democratic future in Kenya. Read more.

Photo by John Odienge for Mercy Corps

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.

Read more stories from young people in Gaza.

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.

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