Written by Mohammed Ismail
Facing a bleak future in Gaza, enterprising young people feel let down and ignored, says Islamic Relief child welfare worker Mohammad Abdel Majeed Ismaeel. Some are losing their lives. Others are risking perilous journeys to seek opportunities elsewhere. Their stories must be heard this International Youth Day and beyond.
Today’s youth face many challenges. Globally around 126 million, or 30% of employed youth remain in extreme or moderate poverty despite having a job. More than 115 million are unable to read and write and close to 497 million are unemployed. In Gaza, young people are struggling more than usual, as they experience the world’s highest youth unemployment rate and limited spaces in which they can express themselves.
Many feel they face a bleak future.
Through my work with Islamic Relief in Gaza, I work directly with our targeted families and young people. Everywhere I go, I hear young people expressing their despair and exhaustion. Gaza’s youth feel there are no places where they can use their skills and knowledge.
They tell me they feel let down by everyone. Many believe their life has no purpose and have lost all hope for a better future. Tragically, some have even taken their own lives.