Fighting for Syrian Refugee Girls
18-year-old Muzoon Almellehan is known as the "Malala of Syria."
“Originally from the city of Darra, in southwestern Syria, Almellehan and her family crossed the border into Jordan late one night in February of 2013. Her first question to her father when they settled into Zaatari, one of the world’s biggest refugee camps, was “where can I go to school?”
Amongst her community of war survivors, Almellehan has been the constant voice of for eduction, especially important as girls as are often the first in the school camps to drop out. For this, she has been named the “Malala of Syria.” During her three years at two different refugee camps - Zaatari and Azraq - Almellehan tirelessly campaigned against the increasing number of child marriages amongst her female peers.
In the four years since Almellehan fled her home in Darra, she has been a voice for Syrian refugee children in her fight for their education. In a blog for the Malala Fund website, she expressed her disappointment in the lack of action taken by the world leaders at the Syrian refugee crisis conference held at the United Nations in September. “I found it impossible to understand how much money has been promised, what had been paid, and what has been achieved on the ground,” she wrote. “It seemed that donors could not even agree on what they had promised or paid. So I stood up and reminded the ministers and ambassadors that I was speaking up for millions of children who are not numbers but real people with hopes and dreams for a better future.”
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