Muhammad Riyad, 18 from Mosul.
Muhammad lost two years of school under Islamic State group rule in Mosul.
“Life under Islamic State was very difficult, they were killers disguised as religious people. We could not go out because they would always come up with a reason to punish us. There were no job opportunities and I could not attend school,” said Muhammad. “The life of youth now in Mosul is still not easy, there are very few job opportunities,” he added.
Muhammad participated in the mobile maintenance courses at NRC's youth center. “In the community center they taught me mobile maintenance. I learned many things about mobiles and I was able to open my own mobile maintenance shop,” he said.
Muhammad has many hopes for the youth of Mosul.
“I wish that, in the future, learning and job opportunities become available to all the youth and no one gets left behind anymore,” he said.
Muhammad eventually said, “In the future, I want to expand my project and open more branches of my shop in other parts of Mosul. I want to create more jobs and help the youth that did not have the chance I had.”
Photo: Alan Ayoubi/NRC