'Arab Idol' winner named new youth envoy for UNRWA

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UNRWA Spokesperson Sami M'shasha congratulates the winner of Arab Idol, Mohammad Assaf, on his appointment as UNRWA's first ever Regional Youth Ambassador for Palestine Refugees. [UNRWA Photo]

The latest winner of the televised singing competition 'Arab Idol' will be using his voice to advocate on behalf of young Palestinians.

Mohammad Assaf, 23, has been appointed Regional Youth Ambassador by UNRWA, the UN agency which works with Palestinian refugees.

UNRWA says young people between 15 and 30 years old comprise more than 40 per cent of the estimated 5.3 million Palestinian refugees that it serves.

Assaf is the first Palestinian to win 'Arab Idol.' He was born to Palestine refugee parents in Libya, returning to the Gaza Strip as a small child.

Assaf describes himself as both a "son of Palestine" and a "son of UNRWA" as his mother was a teacher with the UN agency and he was also educated in UNRWA schools.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’17″

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