Laith Mofleh, Gaza Refugee Camp Volunteer

T o Australian audiences, refugee success stories are usually framed by the generous efforts of Westerners in a foreign country. They travel to the country in crisis, spend money, and often look for the quick fix to complex situations.

The Gaza refugee camp in Jerash, Jordan is unique, as the settlement has existed for nearly 50 years. With more recent conflicts to attend to, Gaza isn’t seen as an enticing project, and has fallen far down the list of humanitarian efforts.

Laith Mofleh is a Palestinian-Jordanian who is working to change that situation. Through his volunteer work with Basmitak Hat’allim – translated as ‘your smile will leave a mark’ in Arabic – Laith is assisting the children of the 30,000-strong city to achieve education and a more optimistic future.

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