From Pain Into Action

We are all humans, with blood and feelings. When words come from our authentic heart, this will reach out to other people’s hearts and minds. I believe in change, I want to make a change in my community and other communities, I want to show all the world my story as a Palestinian refugee. I … Continue reading From Pain Into Action

The Change Just Started / A Palestinian refugee between the hammer of pain and the anvil of hope

By Sam, Palestine After graduating from university in 2015, I spent three years moving around the cities of the West Bank, unemployed and looking for a job or any other opportunity. Given the situation of favouritism and nepotism in my country, all my attempts meant nothing, and I lived three years in a bubble of … Continue reading The Change Just Started / A Palestinian refugee between the hammer of pain and the anvil of hope

I’m tolerant, however…

By Riahi Since my childhood, peace and war were the main topics talked about in my school, my family gatherings, on TV, on the radio, my Facebook newsfeed, and more. When people talk about war, I knew what I can imagine: conflicts, bombs, fire, death, corps, guns, hate, and tears. But peace! Oh dear, what's … Continue reading I’m tolerant, however…

Chaos & Faith

By Paula Where chaos and faith are found in every corner: Jerusalem       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 … Continue reading Chaos & Faith

Demonstration in Tel Aviv by Yahel Galili – Israel [PHOTO ESSAY]

To mark 50 years of Israel's ongoing occupation of the West Bank, a large rally was held in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square. Left wing politicians, artists and organization leaders got on stage to speak for peace and against the current government's choice not to promote it. Further captions for each individual photo: 1- Largely unpopular … Continue reading Demonstration in Tel Aviv by Yahel Galili – Israel [PHOTO ESSAY]

My Journey towards education and humanity by Sarah, Egypt

YaLa Young Leaders changed me. When I noticed the Facebook ads for the page the first time, I was about 22 years old and in my 6th year of medical school. It was interesting; the page was suggested by Facebook because one person I was following liked the page. I think it was a good … Continue reading My Journey towards education and humanity by Sarah, Egypt

Death and All His Friends – YaLa in Jordan

Nothing prepares you for that moment when someone looks you in the eye and tells you they have lost a loved one to this war. No psychology degree can teach you how to keep your lungs and heart going when you know you've got nothing… Nothing to say or do that could bring their mother, … Continue reading Death and All His Friends – YaLa in Jordan