The 2018 International Children’s Peace Prize nominees

Haris

Pakistan, 14 years
Nominated by Hope Worldwide - Pakistan

Issues: Refugee ChildrenEducation

2018 Children's Peace Prize nominee Haris

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Children should be loved and cared for with proper food and quality of life. Children are the future of the nation and the nation should take their responsibility to look after children without any discrimination of race, gender, color, religion and ethnicity.

Haris's story

Haris, 14, from Pakistan, lives with his family in New Zealand. He has personally experienced discrimination and it motivated him to fight for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in Pakistan and Thailand. Together with his father and the HOPE WORLDWIDE team, Haris collected 300 signatures for the Say No to Child Detention and End Persecution of Refugees campaigns, raising awareness about children’s rights in the local community. Haris has always believed strongly in equal opportunities for every child. He has taken part in fundraising activities to provide food for children detained in a Thai immigration detention centre, and to pay the fines of young asylum seekers arrested by the Thai authorities. He has collected donations and books for refugee children unable to go to school, and helps them through social media. In the future Haris would like to provide shelter and a good quality of life for unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees stranded in Thailand.

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