In Conversation with the Boy with a Mission — An Interview with Malek Sumera
Malek Sumera is a Palestenian teenager and a dedicated student ambassador for Letters of Love. Malek conducts sensitisation lessons for various grades in his school. In this interview, Malek speaks with us about the importance of collective responsibility in eradicating the refugee crisis and his plans for the world.
Q1. How would you best describe yourself?
A Palestinian ambitious young man working hard to be the person I want to be.
Q2. When did you first become aware of the Syrian situation?
Almost at the beginning of the Syrian War, especially when the famine hit the Al-Yarmouk camp in Syria.
Q3. Could you tell us about your first rendezvous with Letters of Love?
I saw a post on the Letters of love Instagram page that they are starting work for delivering letters to the Palestinian refugees, so I told myself: Why don’t I help, I talked with Lina and she told me how could I help.
Q4. Under the aegis of Letters of Love, what is the kind of work you have undertaken until now?
1-Presented the Letters of love sensitisation module in my school, to 3 different classes.
2-Collected letters from the students in my school
3-Helped to find some space to make an event for Letters of love.
Q5. What specifically prompted you to take action?
The desire of making a change for those who deserve it.
Q6. Why do you think it’s important for persons of all ages living in peaceful and privileged societies to be aware of the crisis in Syria and other conflict areas?
Helping people who are living in crisis is a duty for every human, because at anytime, the situation may worsen, and if we don’t help them now, they may never find someone to help them.
Q7. What do you think are the moral obligations of a civil society when societies in other parts of the world are facing a crisis of this magnitude?
1-People should do whatever they can to stop their suffering.
2-People shouldn’t be ignorant of the crisis.
3-People should try to find a solution
Q8. If you had to give a message to the leaders of the world, what would it be?
Risking People’s lives is not a game
Q9. What are your plans for the near future?
To do whatever I can to help the people in need and to end the injustice.
Q10. What is your visionfor the world?
Q11. What would be your message of love to fellow citizens of the world?
Stand with each other and do not ignore anyone’s suffering.