Represents children who grow up in conflict zones and who seek dialogue for peace.
“When I was eight, there were protests for social justice which my family was involved in. This experience changed me and made me much closer to who I am today. I saw a 12-year-old child talk about how we children can make a difference.
In first and second grade I was bullied, which knocked my confidence. In fourth grade I was bullied again, but this time I defended myself using the karate that I had learned. This experience taught me to control myself and my temper, and that I would never want to see someone get hurt as I had been hurt."
“Until third grade my understanding of the situation in Israel was: Arabs are bad and Jews are good. But when I mentioned this to my mother she took out a map and taught me about the conflict. That moment made me understand that there is no good or bad, only two opposing narratives. I try to make my friends and kids around me see that there is no really bad side and good side, and we all need to help end the conflict.
“My views are very simple: we’re not doing enough. Both sides need to realise that the goal should be peace.”