According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, there were 4,393,831 registered Syrian refugees by December 2105, most of them spread across the refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
Mazoun Almellehan is one of them. She and her family fled their home country of Syria in 2013 as a result of Syria’s ongoing civil war. But she has not let the grim circumstances dictate her fate for her. She works in Jordanian refugee camps to ensure that the girls of the camps are getting an education.
Nearly a third of Syrian girls in the Jordanian refugee camps marry before they turn 18. Mazoun works relentlessly to get these girls to stay in school and get an education.
“Education is very important because it’s the shield we can use to protect ourselves in life,” says Mazoun. “It’s our method to solve our problems. If we don’t have education, we can’t defend ourselves.”
She feels proud when people liken her to Malala Yousufzai, the brave Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for pursuing an education.
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