Health, Migration and Risk

Young People Have the Power to Change the World

Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), explains that despite pressing social issues such as poverty, lack of education, teenage pregnancy, high risks of HIV contraction, and child marriage, the younger generation can be successful with continued commitment. He calls upon UN agencies, national governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to establish collaborative partnerships with youth. Through the creation of innovative projects and the implementation of new ideas, young people worldwide can ensure continued social progress during this developing age. In his concluding remarks, he lists a few youth organizations that have collaborated with UNFPA, demonstrating the power and impact of this next generation.

Osotimehin, Babatunde. “Young People Have The Power To Change The World.” The Atlantic. 15 November 2012. Web. 15 October 2015. <>.


60 Million People Fleeing Chaotic Lands, U.N. Says

Forced displacement is one of the most difficult experiences in our world today. Often, this form of migration occurs because of conflict, persecution, or other threat that has emerged in a person’s home country. Somini Sengupta, journalist for The New York Times, explains that approximately 60 million people have been forced to leave their home country or region, facing the fear of persecution or war. The vast majority of these people are subjected to a shortage of food, minimal job opportunities, and in some cases sexual violence. This 2015 source discusses the severity of the situation, especially considering that close to half of the forced emigrants are children.

Sengupta, Somini. “60 Million People Fleeing Chaotic Lands, U.N. Says.” The New York Times. 18 June 2015. Web. 15 October 2015. <>.


Waves of Young Syrian Men Bring Hope, and a Test, to Europe

The ongoing conflict in Syria has led many to flee the country, just like 22-year-old Mustafa Alabi. With limited education and support, Alabi is one out of 500,000 migrants who have taken refuge in Europe in this year alone. The conflict has brought about a mass displacement of people in Europe and a demographic deprivation in Syria. Positive cultural exchange and economic growth are possible effects of migration. However, if this is not managed in a thoughtful way, the situation could be disastrous, leaving young refugees as the most vulnerable.

Hubbard, Ben. “Waves of Young Syrian Men Bring Hope, and a Test, to Europe.” The New York Times. 7 October 2015. Web. 19 November 2015. <>.


Leaderless Palestinian Youth, Inspired by Social Media, Drive Rise in Violence in Israel

As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues, it has become increasingly evident that social media has played an influential role on motivating youth violence. Nineteen-year-old Subhe Abu Khalifa began to consistently watch violent attacks and read hateful messages through his smartphone. Ultimately, he became the perpetrator and initiated an attack of his own. Since social media is a powerful tool with the ability to spread all types of information instantaneously, it can be difficult to eradicate these forms of violence, bringing about a new type of risk.

Rudoren, Jodi. “Leaderless Palestinian Youth, Inspired by Social Media, Drive Rise in Violence in Israel.” The New York Times. 13 October 2015. Web. 19 November 2015. <>.

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