Karim was born and raised in a refugee camp in Gaza. His family was expelled from their land in 1948 and has been living in the refugee camp for 71 years. His community is living in very bad conditions. Public services such as health care, energy, water and education are deteriorating. As most families in his camp, his family is struggling financially, emotionally, socially and developmentally. However, Karim is thriving at school and he is the student president of the parliament of all the UNWRA schools. He has been active in this parliament since the age of 8, also advocating for education rights at the UNWRA headquarters. He has been able to meet foreign delegations and defended the rights of Palestinian children to live in peace and dignity. He has been present at UN conferences, most notably at the UNHQ in NYC and the UNRWA workshop in Beirut where he held a speech, which partially motivated for extra funding being given to the UNRWA.
Nominated by Islamic Relief – Palestine Field OfficeAll 2019 Children’s Peace Prize Nominees