Palestine, 17 years
Nominated by Defence for Children International – Palestine
Children should not lose hope even if their rights get violated. Obstacles and frustration should energize them to continue and to change their realities. You think the child is small? He can do huge things!
Atta, 17, lives a camp in Palestine. At the age of 12 he was shot in the stomach, which caused paralysis from the waist down. Despite his paralysis and also because of it, Atta is now a very active member of society and an advocate for the disabled. He has become more aware of the political context he lives in and the need for protection of Palestinian children under occupation, who face daily harassment and violations of their fundamental rights. He has also learned more about the rights of disabled children and the need to provide protection for them. As vice president of the Child Council of Defence for Children International – Palestine, he documents violations against children and makes policymakers aware of disabled children’s needs. Atta wants to tell the world the story of Palestine’s children.