Youth: Report on the progress of the Young Peace Journalists project
by Tabitha Redepenning, Youth Coordinator
The first Young Peace Journalist group continues to publish interviews and stories of people, who are seeking refuge. The latest English story is about Layla, a young girl from Aleppo. It is very moving to read such an open interview, which is more than just answering questions. She opens her heart and her deepest thoughts to the reader.
For our French readers, we have featured a story written by Chris Mashini from Magma again, a partner organisation of Pax Christi International. This story is about the young Christophe, who fled as a minor to Belgium and now – due to his effort, his teachers and youth workers – managed to become a member of Belgium’s national Ju-Jitsu team.
Additionally, we are very happy for the support of the European Youth Forum magazine, Yo!Mag that featured two of our stories:
- The story of integrating to Europe: What about the future?
- Refugee stories: One thing about the situation in Syria that we should know
We will also welcome a special guest speaker in the next month! Maryknoll Lay Missioner Greg Fischer from Brazil will talk with the young journalists about his project, Faces of Migration, to identify similarities, give writing tips and explain the migrants and refugee situation in Brazil.
Even more good news
The application deadline for the second Young Peace Journalist application term is closed and we got amazingly 60 applications! We have to say thank you for the huge interest in our project!
The training for the new participants will take place on 4 and 5 March and there the participants will get to know their team colleagues from all over the world: Turkey, the Netherlands, Germany, Congo, Kenya, South Africa, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, USA and more. Moreover, they will learn about peace journalism, the political situation regarding refugees and also how to do an interview.
We are looking forward to working together with so many wonderful and inspiring young people!