Country of origin: Syria. I lived in Syrian from 1988 to 2013. Because of the war, I had to displace internally several times. Then, because of my activism in the field of human rights and peacebuilding, I was forced to migrate to Turkey through Lebanon where I spent 7 years before being forced to move to the UK in 2020.
Date started with Soliya: 2018
Education and field of work: I hold a bachelor’s degree in architecture and have also received post-graduate diplomas in Conflict Transition & International Justice and Urban Planning & Sustainable Reconstruction. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in political science and international relations.
One accomplishment you're proud of: I am proud to be part of the human rights movement in the Middle East. I am proud of building the capacities of thousands of youth and activists in the MENA region and EU, and strengthening many volunteer groups and CSOs to become structured NGOs.
What about Soliya inspires/motivates you to be involved? Soliya for me is like a missing gate that millions of Mediterranean youth are looking for. Youth from the EU and MENA need that free and safe space to exchange their ideas and express their opinions. They are really in need of a common area to stand and discuss topics that affect their lives and their future in a civilized and peaceful way. Furthermore, the level of knowledge, experience, understanding, and diversity that Solyia members have is the principal motivation to continue and contribute to the positive change in the world.