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As 1 of 800,000 'Dreamers', OYW Ambassador subject of documentary on DACA

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"OYW Ambassador Saba Nafees is one of the more than 800,000 “Dreamers” who took advantage of the DACA program in 2012. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama era program, provided some temporary protections to undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children. In 2017, the Trump administration made the decision to rescind DACA.

OYW Ambassadors react to Israel’s contentious nation-state law

One Young World Ambassadors have reacted with dismay to Israel’s highly-controversial new nation state law, which has been widely condemned for promoting segregated communities.

Ambassadors in the region immediately criticised the law, saying it “kills any chance for a just future between the Israelis and the Palestinians” and sends “a message that non-Jewish citizens in Israel are not welcomed”.

“I sometimes forget what I felt throughout my OYW experience. This is why the OYW community is so important.”

It has been almost 5 years since I became a part of the wonderful One Young World (OYW) community. I still remember every touching and exciting moment I experienced at OYW Johannesburg back in 2013. Since then, I have wondered, how can I better myself to be a part of the improved society I want to see? Truthfully, I believe that I am on my way.

Facing violent oppression, Afghan women fight back with the pen and the Internet

Women in Afghanistan face renewed and terrifying threats to their human rights as a bloody resurgence by the Taliban has seen the militant group assert control over large parts of the country. The BBC reports that Taliban fighters are openly active in 70 per cent of Afghanistan. 

When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001 its fundamentalist regime was associated with sexism and misogyny, with women denied education and forced to wear the burqa in public at all times.

Bringing back our beloved Yemen

It is devastating to see the place you grew up in being destroyed by war. It is all the more painful when you are powerless to make a change. This is the ugly face of the man-made conflict happening in Yemen.

I was born and raised, educated and employed in Yemen’s capital city, Sana’a, where the beauty of our old city buildings keep us looking to tomorrow with hope. However, the current protracted conflict has ravished the hope of our dreams and replaced them with a living nightmare from which we can’t imagine waking up.