LA SOMALIE, LE SOUDAN DU SUD, LE YÉMEN ET LE NIGERIA FRAPPÉS PAR LA CRISE ALIMENTAIRE
Given record levels of youth unemployment, and political and social instability, young people in the Arab Region and around the world need positive role models more than ever.
When young people themselves provide those role models, in those who have overcome social exclusion, underemployment and poverty to bring about positive changes in their communities and countries, the effects are even more powerful.
Socotra, Yemen: As a news editor of a foreign affairs column in the Czech Republic, I was supplying readers with depressing news about tragedies and wrongdoings from all around the world. My subsequent years in advertising gave me an impression that my work was fun but people would have had more pleasant lives without it. I wanted to make myself useful, so I registered my profile in the UNV database of potential candidates for volunteer assignments.
Amran, Yemen: When I was selected to serve as a UNV volunteer Associate Field Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Yemen in June 2008, I was very anxious but filled with enthusiasm of working in a different social and cultural context as compared to Liberia, my country of origin.