Yemen, 15 years
Nominated by Tawakkol Abdulsalam Karman
Yemeni children are a part of the world and helping them means helping the world.
Saleem, 15, lives in Yemen. In 2011, determined to join a peaceful protest against government corruption and injustice, he walked five kilometers to get there. The protest was met with gun fire from the president’s militia, and Saleem lost both of his eyes. As soon as he got out of hospital he returned to the movement to inspire protestors with his rousing speeches, one in the center of Freedom Square. He also went back to school and learned to read with braille. He loves to be held on shoulders and to raise his voice for equality and change.