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Jumana (left) and Salwa (right) at 'My Voice, My Story' workshop. ©UNICEF/Jordan-2014/Lyon

Jumana (left) and Salwa (right) at ‘My Voice, My Story’ workshop. ©UNICEF/Jordan-2014/Lyon

 Amman, Jordan – 28 May 2014 – For six days, young girls from ‪Syria and ‪Jordan are attending a training workshop that allows them to describe the realities of Syrian and Jordanian youth while encouraging young people from the two communities to work together.

As part of the ‘My voice, my story’ initiative, supported by UNICEF and Save the Children, Salwa and Jumana are making short stories about each other using photos and audio interviews.

“Salwa is going through a hard time at the moment.” Jumana says. “But she doesn’t want to do anything with her life until she returns to Syria. This is a shame because she wants to be a lawyer, and she wants to study, but she doesn’t want to deal with Jordanians.”

Salwa has been missing school since she arrived in Jordan and risks missing out on her future too. “I’m going to befriend her, and try to convince her to go back to school and make sure she finishes,” says Jumana.

“She might manage to convince me to go back to school,” replies Salwa. “The problem is that I am a stubborn person and I had decided to wait to finish my studies until we return to Syria,” she explains.

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