Meet Lour

2022 Friendship Games Ambassador from the Middle East

July 26, 2022

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I live in Beit Safafa [an Arab community in Jerusalem] with my parents, my two sisters and a brother. Next year, I’m going to start 9th grade. I really love animals, especially dogs.

Q: What's the one thing that you'd want people to know about you?

I’d like people to know that I’m friendly and I get along with people really fast.

Q: Do you have a special talent that most people don't know about?

I’m good at telling stories or public speaking, like standing in front of people and talking.

Q: Who's your hero? Why?

My mom. My mom is really strong and she takes care of her own responsibilities of herself and the house and the four kids that she has, while I’m 14 and I barely can handle my own responsibilities, so my mom and my superhero.

Q: What do you think are the most important attributes of a leader?

I think a leader should be a social person who knows how to find the value of each person, and they can’t be a selfish human being.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about Friendship Games?

I’m excited to take part in storytelling [to tell my story on PeacePlayers’ social media] and I’m also excited to get to know new people from all over the world, with different backgrounds and cultures.

Q: Is there anything you're nervous or unsure about going to the Friendship Games?

No, just the opposite. I’m really not worried about anything, but on the other hand, I really like to meet new people and I’m excited for that.

Q: Why do you think PeacePlayers wants to bring together 130 young people from around the world?

It's really important to know new people from different cultures and also to get used to meeting people with different backgrounds and conflicts, because when we grow up or, if you want to travel, if you want to get a job, you really have to be used to meeting people different people with different backgrounds, different races, different colors so it really makes me more open minded with knowing how to react or to behave with the other culture.

Q: If you could do anything you wanted when you grew up, what would it be/what's your biggest dream for the future - for yourself, for your family, for your community?

I wish I could make more peace and more acceptance in the world. From a professional side, I want to get a degree from university, but most of all, I want to have my own project that involves people from all over the world to help them in a more financial way, to make job opportunities for more people.

Q: What's it like in your city/town/neighborhood? How would you describe it to someone who's never been there?

I live in a calm neighborhood [the Arab community of Beit Safafa on the boundary between East and West Jerusalem] where everyone minds their own business, but you always hear kids from the neighborhood playing outside together. About Jerusalem in general, the food is the best, and it's a very beautiful city, and has lots of historical sites that you can come and visit. It also has a lot of religions, like religious people and different religions, and religious sites.

Q: If you could time travel for one hour, where would you go? What would you do?

I’d choose to visit the place that I’m in now, but I’d want to see myself in 15 years to see if my decisions that I took when I was young affected my life badly or not, and if they did, I’d like to come back and try to prevent it.

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