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Oct 17, 2016

Skype Interview with Nujeen Mustafa


An inspiring Skype interview with Teenage Refugee Nujeen Mustafa took place on Friday 14th October with a group of excited TY students and their teacher Ms Brosnan.  The event was moderated and organised by Padraig Fitzgerald of Kinsale Peace Project.  It was a unique and memorable occasion; with Kinsale Community School being the first school in Ireland to take part in such an interview with Nujeen. 

At the age of 16, Nujeen left Aleppo with her sister and made the treacherous journey by boat to Greece.  Here they were kept in a detention camp before making the long journey by foot and bus on towards Germany.  The sisters were stopped by Border Guards of various not so welcoming countries before she finally made it to Cologne to meet her brother where she now lives.

Her amazing story has been shown on BBC and CHANNEL 4 and she has now co-written a book with international journalist Christina Lamb, who worked with Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai.   

It was a fantastic informative day.  Students also had the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session and got to know Nujeen’s amazing resilience despite her suffering from Cerebral Palsy and being confined to a wheelchair.

Over €400 was raised on the day for the Trocaire Syrian Appeal.  Well done to all!  A special word of thanks to Padraig Fitzgerald and Kinsale Peace Project for organising this wonderful and truly inspirational event.