Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Malala of Syria' Is Welcomed to City by ...Malala

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Malala of Syria' Is Welcomed to City by ...Malala

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Byline: Craig Thompson Chief Reporter

NOBEL Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai says a young refugee dubbed the "Malala of Syria" will soon feel like 'an adopted Geordie' as she begins a new life in Newcastle.

Muzoon Almellehan, 17, has been praised across the world for her work in refugee camps, persuading the parents of girls fleeing Syria that education is the best way to protect their daughters' futures.

And, as she prepares to start a new life on Tyneside the teenager has been welcomed by humanitarian Malala, who said: "I believe the people of Newcastle are good people and will welcome Muzoon with open arms."

Muzoon said: "Since arriving here, everyone has been so kind. My family is settling into the city and I have started school - I'm even getting used to the cold weather."

The teenager's relocation to Newcastle is set to bring international attention to the city.

She was welcomed by 18-year-old Malala during a meeting at Newcastle City Library.

Muzoon, who comes from Daraa in Syria, is starting her new Newcastle life along with her mother, Eman, schoolteacher father Rakan, brothers, Mohammed, 16, Zain, 10, and 13-year-old sister Yusraa.

Muzoon said: "I know I will get an excellent education here in the city and I hope to become a journalist."

After Muzoon's family left Syria in 2013, they lived in the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, and then the Azraq camp. After almost three years they decided to accept an offer to resettle in the UK and arrived in Newcastle.

Muzoon is very keen to go on to university and said she hopes by becoming a journalist she will be able to help those back in her home country.

It was while living in the refugee camps the teenager realised many girls were being married off and dropping out of the camp school or not going to school at all. With no education behind them, the future for many of these girls was, and still is, bleak.

Muzoon soon became an outspoken campaigner, going from family to family, trying to persuade them education is the best way to protect their daughters' futures, and urging girls like herself to go to school. …

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