Manar Qaraqe

Manar Qaraqe is a young Palestinian from Aida refugee camp. Since her childhood, she had a passion for writing and was looking for a creative writing programme for youth, but did not find it until she entered the university. Manar specialized in Arabic literature at Bethlehem University. In the second year of university, she launched a cultural community initiative in Aida refugee camp and worked with several youth groups. Manal has turned the initiative into a cultural institution named Al-Manar Society for Culture and Creativity, of which she is the director. Al-Manar’s members of both sexes work and think together to change their reality. Through literary and creative activities, Al Manar enables young girls and boys to express themselves. Some of them are ex-detainees who experienced torture in the occupation’s prisons. Manar has worked with school and university students in the Talented Student Programme which engages young talents in creative writing. Manar believes in youth work and volunteering and proved that even inside refugee camps youth can achieve their dreams.