Weekly Report 3
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016
As I was researching for the most famous Arab Musicians, I came across a very intelligent young Arab singer. This young man had done and continues doing so many incredible things to help young people. He used the power of his music and voice to change the world. And in fact, I was inspired by him and what he does.
Mohammed Assaf, a Palestinian pop singer was born on September 1, 1989 in Misrata, Libya to Palestinian parents. He lived there until he was 4 years old, when his parents moved back to Gaza, he grew up in Khan Younis refugee camp to a middle class couple where he attended UNRWA elementary school. His parents had to leave their homeland due war between Israel Palestine. Assaf math’s teacher started getting him involved in singing when he was only five years old and had an excellent voice. Before he was on TV, he attended Gaza City's Palestine University majoring in media and Public relations. He started his singing career at weddings and other private events. He broke out to public view in 2000 during a popular local television program where he called in and sung a nationalist song to the host's praise. He traveled from Gaza Strip to Egypt to audition for Arab Idol and inspired other young Arab around the global. In 2012, Assaf won MTV Europe Music Award as Best Middle East Act. He also won MTV Europe Music Award for Best Worldwide Act.
Mohammed Assaf is not only a great singer, but also an individual who is making positive changes in other’s people lives around the world. As a refugee from Gaza Strip, he knew what exactly he had to do to help others. As a child the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Mohammed Assaf is the ideal individual to be the first goodwill ambassador in the more than six decades of the UN history. He was appointed by Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi, as the Agency's Regional Youth Ambassador for Palestine Refugees in June 2013. Since his appointment, he has used his voice and his talent to help UNRWA give other young people the same support it gave him. With the universal language of his music, he carries the message of UNRWA and young Palestine refugees to new audiences, including in the region to Dubai and Kuwait, and others. In November 2013, he took that message to the United States, bringing the voice of Palestine refugee youth to the United Nations in New York City.
On April 8, 2015, Mohammed Assaf, UNRWA Regional Youth Ambassador for Palestine Refugees was the special guest and gave a performance at an event in Gaza organized by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to celebrate the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. He also gave a performance at an UNRWA fundraising reception hosted by Madam Sawsan Asfari in London. Assaf continues to use his music as the voice of people today.