PERREAULT Magazine NOV | DEC 2016 - Page 27

The teen activists met in February 2014 at Za'atari, when Malala toured the camp. The two kept in touch via Skype and email, and Malala invited Muzoon to be her guest as she accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in October of that year.

"Before they were displaced, refugees were normal people, citizens of their country with normal lives, thinking about their futures and dreams," Muzoon says. "They had many amazing things they were doing in their life, and when they became refugees, they just moved to a safer place. When I crossed the border from Syria to Jordan and became a refugee, I still kept my hopes and dreams." She says her dreams haven't changed much since her family was displaced and that they're "improving," because now she has a platform to drive change on a global scale.

"I meet lots of refugees who think that it’s a bad thing,

a bad name," Muzoon says. "For me? No.

For me, a refugee name gives me strength to create a bright future from my hard situation.”