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Inspirational and Heartwarming Interview with Raise4Refugees Founder Yousef Abou Areda

Inspirational and Heartwarming Interview with Raise4Refugees Founder Yousef Abou Areda

Fatima Mazumdar

Hey everyone! My name is Fatima Mazumder. I am a dedicated and hardworking rising sophomore at Hunter College, where I hope to pursue a career in medicine. My interests in the pre-health track peaked after I visited a hospital in Bangladesh where I noticed the stark difference between developed nations and developing countries. I have participated in numerous protests and walkouts relating to environmental and social issues. I also enjoy cooking and learning about different cultures and creating engaging videos with my friends and family. I was privileged enough to conduct this inspirational interview with Yousef, in hopes to inspire change within the world.

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Today, I present to you an independent and strong-minded young man combating COVID-19 in Palestinian refugee communities. Yousef Abou Areda is a 19-year-old sophomore at Columbia University studying psychology on the premed track.

Who is Yousef Areda?

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

What is Raise4Refugees goal?

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Raise4refugees is a youth-led campaign dedicated to preventing the spread of COVID-19 among Palestinian refugee communities and educating people on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The campaign will stretch over the month of July and into August, having August 20th as the end date. All proceeds will be going to Islamic Relief USA to provide food packages to starving families, building new water and sanitation facilities, and distributing hygiene kits.

We are proud to say that the raise4refugees campaign is being carried out by Muslim, Jewish, and Arab youth who aim to show that humanitarian aid is at the center of the campaign. We believe that if we educate each other, and educate our peers, we can accept one another and unite for this cause. We hope the diversity of our group inspires more young Muslims and Jews to work together towards creating a more peaceful future for Palestinians.

To educate people on this topic, the campaign will start with the COVID-Diaries series, in which Palestinian refugees will share their experience will the COVID-19 pandemic. We will also conduct live interviews with experts on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, including acclaimed Palestinian activist Amer Zahr and Miko Peled. Furthermore, we plan to incorporate virtual documentary screenings, game-nights to educate others on the topic, and a Jewish-led panel to illustrate the historic efforts of Jews to liberate Palestine.

Inspirational and Awe-Inspiring Interview with Yousef

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Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

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Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

Yousef is the youngest of four and currently lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His parents left Imam El Shafi, one of the poorest villages in Cairo, Egypt in search of a better education for their children. After losing his grandmother in 2018 to a treatable infection that doctors in Egypt failed to treat, Yousef quickly saw the disparities in healthcare between the US and developing countries. Seeing his mother suffer from mental health- related issues soon after, Yousef has aspired to become a psychiatrist and help young teens battling with mental health disorders. In his spare time, Yousef enjoys watching and playing soccer, reading, and making short films.

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