UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency) provides humanitarian aid—education, healthcare, housing, etc.—to several million Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank, and Gaza. The speaker has both benefited from that aid and worked for UNRWA.
This talk takes place at a critical moment: Gaza is in crisis, and Trump has cut all U.S. funding (about $400 million) to the Agency.
Speaker: Mohammed Eid
Mohammed Eid grew up in Rafah Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip, Palestine. He graduated from Al-Azhar University in Gaza with a bachelor's degree in English Language and a master's degree in Curriculum Development and Language Teaching Methodology.
Upon graduation in 2011, Mohammed began working for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), first as a teacher then as a youth education specialist. He worked on many programs and initiatives related to education development and youth empowerment. During the 2014 Israeli military assault on Gaza, Mohammed was transferred to UNRWA's Humanitarian Response Team, where he worked in refugee centers providing aid to individuals and families displaced by the conflict.
Following his studies in applied linguistics at the University of Southampton in England, Mohammed resumed his work with UNRWA in both the education and humanitarian response programs.
Awarded a prestigious Rotary Peace International Fellowship, Mohammed is pursuing a dual master's degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. He sees this experience as a chance to obtain significant skills and knowledge that will help pursue his passion of humanitarian assistance reform. Above all, he firmly believes that he will contribute to ending the violence in Gaza and reaching a lasting solution that will save thousands of lives.
Note: Most GRALTA programming takes place in Lincoln, MA, but this time we worked with the Community Church of Boston to co-sponsor this important event in Boston.