* Benghazi youth held a demonstration on July 10 to express support for presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for December 24. The demonstrators warned against manipulation or postponement of the elections.
* A group of Lebanese youth were ranked among the top 30 teams in the Google Solutions Challenge competition, according to an Annahar article on July 10. The group developed a website to connect doctors who are willing to provide services for a low cost or for free to patients who are unable to pay for medical costs. The young men said they hope to help Lebanese people dealing with difficult living conditions.
* UNICEF said in a report on July 5 that over two million children are out of school due to conflict and poverty that have disrupted their education. The lack of access to education is forcing girls into early marriage and leaving children vulnerable to child labor or recruitment into fighting. More than 3,600 children have been recruited in the past six years, according to the report.
* The World Bank estimated that rebuilding Gaza following the war in May will cost up to $485 million, according to a report released on July 6. Israeli airstrikes destroyed or damaged more than 4,000 homes, affecting around 7,000 children. The World Bank warned the conflict exacerbated previous traumas, especially among children.
* In a report on July 6, Save the Children said that 10 children have been killed and six injured in 11 attacks in northwest Syria since June due to an escalation in violence in the area. The attacks have affected at least three schools and one hospital in the past month.
* The National published an article on July 8 discussing Palestinian youth in Gaza and their efforts to create happiness despite years of conflict, the blockade, and difficult living conditions. A report from Save the Children found that 95% of minors in Gaza reported feeling depression, hyperactivity, and aggression.
* It was reported on July 7 that the Houthi militias have taken over the Yemen Youth Union headquarters in Sanaa, as part of Houthis’ efforts to steal its financial assets, closing its branches, and targeting and recruiting its members into its militias. These actions have left the Youth Union branches unable to repay any of its commitments or hold any events since 2015. Instead, all assets stolen are being used by the Houthi militias for radicalization camps, let alone that they have managed to recruit over 450 young Yemenis from various areas.
* نشرت صحيفة "ذا ناشيونال" في 8 تموز / يوليو مقالة تناقش الشباب الفلسطيني في غزة وجهودهم لخلق السعادة على الرغم من سنوات الصراع والحصار والظروف المعيشية الصعبة. وجد تقرير صادر عن منظمة إنقاذ الطفولة أن 95٪ من القاصرين في غزة أفادوا بأنهم شعروا بالاكتئاب وفرط النشاط والعدوان.
* A group of young Iraqis from Karbala created a shaded cart to support street cleaning workers who spend long hours under the sun. The cart includes a trash bin, cleaning supplies, a small area to keep water and refreshments cold, and it is easy to use.
* Almarkazia reported on July 5 that the “Youth of Lebanon Movement”, the “Student Committee in Lebanon”, and “Student Unit Assembly in Lebanon”, and “the Student Union of Lebanon” decided to postpone their scheduled demonstrations set to take place on last Tuesday in front of the Ministry of Education. The groups started a petition early on and managed to acquire over 150000 signatures against the Official Intermediate Certificate Exams.
* Deloitte Turkey’s Human Resources Director highlighted how climate change and environmental protections are among the top three concerns for youth in Turkey and other countries, according to a recent survey discussed in a Daily Sabah article on July 7. She said that younger generations are more optimistic about the environment. The other top concerns were income inequality and unemployment.
* Health authorities fear a new wave of COVID-19 as infections start to increase with the spread of the Delta variant. Authorities said youth are particularly vulnerable to the strain. Morocco has largely contained the virus thus far and has led the most successful vaccination campaign in Africa.