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Abdallah Salha

Abdallah is a UWC Red Cross Nordic alumnus from Palestine. He is interested in cultures, politics and biology. Abdallah was born in Saudi Arabia to a family that traveled around the Middle East for education and work experiences in different cultural settings. They were his inspiration to go outside Palestine seeking a unique future and more opportunities. He represented his country Palestine per to an invitation from the US Department of State as the youngest Palestinian Ambassador in 2013, worked at the Gaza Strip regional student Parliament for five years, and served at UWC Red Cross Nordic as a qualified first aider, lifeguard and MUN chair. He also takes the chance to kayak, canoe, swim, dive, jog, run and hike to discover the biology that he learns in class in real-life settings. Abdallah fell in love with nature upon his arrival to Norway in August 2017 and therefore he doesn’t hesitate to try new things in Life. He is looking forward to arriving in Senegal to learn Wolof and French, get to know the Senegalese culture and people, and to be outdoors in the beautiful Senegalese landscapes! Abdallah’s inspired by Albert Einstein’s the quote: “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding,” so he joins peace building programs in the hope of being an influence for a change in the political situation that his country is facing nowadays. عبد الله هو خريج فلسطيني من كلية العالم المتحدة للصليب الأحمر الشمالي في النرويج. هو مهتم بالثقافات والعلوم السياسية والعلوم الحياتية. ولد عبد الله في المملكة العربية السعودية لعائلة سافرت حول الشرق الأوسط للتعليم و الحصول على خبرات العمل في بيئات ثقافية مختلفة. لقد كانوا مصدر إلهامه للذهاب إلى خارج فلسطين بحثًا عن مستقبل فريد والمزيد من الفرص. مثل عبدالله بلده فلسطين بدعوة من وزارة الخارجية الأمريكية كأصغر سفير فلسطيني في عام 2013 ، وعمل في برلمان الطلاب الإقليمي في قطاع غزة لمدة خمس سنوات ، وخدم في مدرسته في النرويج بصفته مسعفًا مؤهلًا ، ورجل إنقاذ ، و مدرب تمثيل الأمم المتحدة. كما أنه يغتنم الفرصة للتجديف ، والسباحة ، والغوص ، والركض ، والمشي على الجبال لاكتشاف الأحياء التي يتعلمها في الفصل في ظروف الحياة الحقيقية. وقع عبد الله في حب الطبيعة عند وصوله إلى النرويج في أغسطس 2017 ، وبالتالي فهو لا يتردد في تجربة أشياء جديدة في حياته. يتطلع عبدالله إلى الوصول إلى السنغال لتعلم اللغة الولوف والفرنسية ، والتعرف على ثقافة الشعب السنغالي ، وعلى المناظر الطبيعية السنغالية. عبد الله ملهم من مقولة ألبرت أينشتاين: "لا يمكن الحفاظ على السلام بالقوة ؛ لا يمكن تحقيق ذلك إلا من خلال الفهم" ، لذا فهو ينضم إلى برامج بناء السلام على أمل تغيير الوضع السياسي الذي تواجهه بلاده هذه الأيام.


7 months in a 10-minute video!

May 8, 2020

Dear all, Thank you for subscribing to my Senegal experience closely and that were supportive all throughout this amazing experience. I’m more than glad to tell you that I finally made it to Gaza, Palestine on May 5, 2020, after 2 months of tough travels and quarantines. I am again put in a quarantine facility...

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March 18, 2020. Damay nebe – I’m leaving.

April 15, 2020

March 18, 2020. Damay nebe – I’m leaving. Written on my flight from Senegal to Tunisia stopping in Mali to pick up and drop off passengers.   Yesterday was such a rushed and a dramatic day and I came to leave the country that I am really being welcomed in. (Other than the Arab identity...

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A visit to Gorée Island and flashbacks from Palestine.

January 11, 2020

“We all have a lot of identities that we carry around with us. One of these identities is the victim identity, which takes up a lot more thought. When it takes up a lot of space, we forget about the other identities that we have and the other ways that we can connect with other...

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Who’s the best cook? My Senegalese host mom, my UWC school’s Norwegian cook, or me as a Palestinian? – Some recipes included!

December 11, 2019

Menu Starters to think about: Eating with your hand or a spoon is equally nice to eating with a fork and a knife! Eating foreign food for the first time is weird, but you get to the point of appreciating and missing it! Different cultures have their own creative ways of cooking and serving different foods!...

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From a mother to another.

September 19, 2019

The memory of the last mom hug that I got upon my departure from Gaza is still recurring in my mind since August 2017. After over two years of education at UWCRCN in Norway and other travels, I have arrived in Senegal to spend the 7 months ahead. After a week of an in-country orientation,...

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People to people for people.

August 31, 2019

As a person who grew up in Gaza and was born in Saudi Arabia to a family that has lived abroad for most of their lives and they originally descend from two occupied Palestinian Villages: Barbara and Deir Sneid, I always had a strong feeling of belonging to the world in general and Palestine in...

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