• The Quest against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

    By Bisharo A, Somalia

    FGM is practiced in Somalia and in more than 28 countries worldwide. It is a harmful cultural practice which will take years to eliminate but it must all start with us, our families and the community showing an effort to stop it.




    This is just one example of the important work produced by YaLa’s citizen journalists, a program funded by the European Union’s Peacebuilding Initiative in order to enable young leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa to document and share their experiences of the region. 


  • Cent mille by Islam Bouroudi, Algeria – VIDEO –

    In the  recent months many African refugees from Mali and Niger have left their countries escaping from hunger and war. Some of them have found themselves in Algeria, but they didn’t get the best care. I decided toreact and do my best to help them. Due to my experience in social media and film-making, I made a creative short film titled ‘CENT-MILLE’ or ‘10$’ showing the people in my community that a small aid from each person could make a big change!

  • Middle East Youth | Ronni, Israel – video –

    Watch Ronni’s video asking people from all over the world what they think the biggest problems in the Middle East are.

  • Five Misconceptions About the Gaza Strip | Bodour, Gaza – video –

    Watch this video by Bodour from Gaza that challenges some of the misconceptions about the Gaza Strip.

  • Equal Rights for All | Warid Albaroudi, Syria – video –

    Watch as Warid from Syria addresses some of the issues regarding youth and gender equality that many people in the Middle East experience.

  • Youth Empowerment | Roberta, Kenya – video –

    This video by Roberta from Kenya talks about how sports can help empower youth.

  • Seeds of Hope | Youness Ben, Morocco – video –

    A short video by Citizen Journalist Youness Ben from Morocco, a graduate of the Aileen Getty school of Citizen Journalism.

  • Chance Meeting | Ali, Yemen – video –

    I’d been staying with my friend the past week. He works for a relief agency that operates in a very remote area. He has 20 high days every 3 months. When he’s in town, we usually paint it red…

    None of us in our apartment can cook. We live on fast food and pre-packaged meals most of the time. Yesterday, we had breakfast at 11. I had my breakfast on a bench outside the restaurant. As soon as started eating, a man with tightly curled hair, which was as worn out and flecked as his cloths, approached and asked me for a cigarette. The question didn’t surprise me. I hear it all the time. It was just a little unexpected. After all, I was in one of the better districts in town, and cigarettes cost almost nothing in Yemen.

    I got him a pack of smokes and some snacks, and we started talking. He told me that he’s a musician, and that he had to sell his guitar-like instrument (oud/عود) a few months ago for less than 10% of its market price. Sometimes during our conversation, it strikes him and he starts singing his full voice. I felt a little awkward at first. But I am glad that, after all he’s been through, his passion for singing is still as vibrant as ever…

    Although the guy is singing in an dialect spoken in Lahj, I am sure most Yemenis can easily understand him. I also think, as is generally the case with music, that it’s not necessary to understand him in order to have “the chills”.

  • Safe Place Project | Abdelrahiem Faisal, Sudan – video –

    Abdalrheem from Sudan made this lovely video for the Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism with the help of his friends at the NetHUB-Check it out here:

  • Asma, Sudan – video –

    “An organization refused to let me perform. The main reason, they said, was because I am a woman. I wrote this in response.”