Bethlehem - 3 September. Thirty members of BADIL’s Local Refugee Youth Network (LRYN) participated in a three-day training and activation tour to the occupied Jordan Valley and Central and Northern West Bank.
Through meeting and interacting with local communities, the tour aimed to educate youth on Israeli colonial practices, as well as thedisplacement mechanisms in these regions. In addition to this, the tour aimed to revive volunteerism among Palestinian youth. Participants not only learnt how forcible displacement policies take place, but also interacted with victims and set a plan for future activities. As future human rights defenders, participants have decided to conduct various activities aiming to raising the voice of displaced people. Moreover, between lectures given by local activists, meetings with members of popular committees, and visits to local communities in these areas, LRYN youth left their mark on oneluckylocal elementary school, painting it walls, now adorned with beautiful paintings and colorful solidarity slogans. The school gardens and yards also had a fair share of LRYN care!
LRYN was established in 2011 within BADIL’s Strategic Forum. LRYN members come from refugee camps and communities from across the West Bank.