Heaven on Earth by Bilal Hussain – Kashmir

The place that poets refer to in their verses as “heaven on earth” exists in the fairy tales, and in reality is not far from the Middle East. This real life fantasy is the beautiful valley of Kashmir, which is surrounded by snow clad mountains, lush green woods, and innumerable springs. Like many places globally, … Continue reading Heaven on Earth by Bilal Hussain – Kashmir

Droplets of Shame by Karin Attia – Israel

For as long as I can remember, I’ve constantly qualified my identity. Israeli-Moroccan, American-Israeli, born in Israel, but raised in California as if I wanted to remove myself from my birthplace, from my heritage, from my grandparents refuge. Constantly putting a distance between my born identity and not wanting to be labeled as an occupier. … Continue reading Droplets of Shame by Karin Attia – Israel

Diversity is our strength by Eman – Palestine

It was the first time I went to Canada. Although there are many beautiful things, there is one phrase that increased Canada’s beauty for me, “Diversity is our strength”. When I go to the park or store or restaurant I see people from many different backgrounds: Chinese, Arab, African, European, Mexican, Italian….But they are totally … Continue reading Diversity is our strength by Eman – Palestine

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

Beyond Our Differences by Rahma Henchiri from Tunisia

Before I started working at Skaramagas refugee camp in Athens, I did not know what to expect from the children. Ever since I can remember, I have been hearing about the Yazidi-Arab tension; and thus, being an Arab myself, I was worried that my hopes of becoming the girls’ older sister would eventually turn to … Continue reading Beyond Our Differences by Rahma Henchiri from Tunisia