Love means Life by Weam, Syria

I was 15 years old when my dad passed away. He used to tell me that mothers and fathers never die, because I was afraid of losing one of them. Unfortunately I believed him.  I was a child. One day I opened my eyes to find that my dad had passed away. Since that day, … Continue reading Love means Life by Weam, Syria

Swimming against the tide by Eleen Tibi, Israel

As an Arab girl living in Israel, I have seen so much racism on both sides of the Arab-Jewish tensions. Observing all of the incitement and militancy made me realize that peace is the best and only solution and that we should all embrace it. So I decided to be a peace builder and started … Continue reading Swimming against the tide by Eleen Tibi, Israel

A short dress is more dangerous than a knife, by Houda Laabadi, Morocco

I had just spent what I consider one of the best moments of my life: I went to the concert of one of my favorite bands with a group of amazing friends. It wasn’t extraordinary! It wasn’t life changing. But I felt alive, and that's all that really matters. I took the tram to return … Continue reading A short dress is more dangerous than a knife, by Houda Laabadi, Morocco

Life is a chance, chase it! by Hannen, Palestine

Between the first breath we take and the last breath, the life in between is full of chances. When we come to this world, it’s our chance to live and live well. When we meet people, it’s our chance to know them and to make friends – to share part of our life with them, … Continue reading Life is a chance, chase it! by Hannen, Palestine

Like a woman in the Cairo metro by Ramah Aleryan, Egypt

I graduated from the African Leadership Academy in June 2015. I found that going to college this year was not the right step for me so I decided to take a gap year in Egypt. I still I don’t know if I regret this decision or not. I came to Egypt mainly to be involved … Continue reading Like a woman in the Cairo metro by Ramah Aleryan, Egypt

Being a woman in misogynist society by Wini from Sudan

Your roles in this life have limited your abilities and justify that your capabilities will not be greater than men’s. This is a system that has become naturalized, therefore everything is previously prepared and drawn out. You  just have to say yes and fall in line, that’s what is available for you  to perceive and … Continue reading Being a woman in misogynist society by Wini from Sudan

Travel story by Ehab Othman from Jordan

In the eye of the beholder … When the first YaLa assignment was announced, I started writing a few drafts about different prior experiences I’ve been through which I considered life changing experiences. I am a proud of myself for the things I have been through, feeling like I’ve seen it all: the good, the … Continue reading Travel story by Ehab Othman from Jordan