Durban - The world’s youngest registered journalist and Palestinian activist, Janna Jihad Ayyad (12), encouraged South African youth to become more involved in political activism to promote unity in the country and the world at large.
Jihad was in Durban on Monday as the ambassador for South African human rights NGO Shamsaan where she spoke to the local media about her work as a journalist in Palestine and shared videos and stories of the conditions for a child living there.
Ayyad began reporting at the age of seven after two of her family members were killed.
She spreads awareness about the issues that confront her as a child living under occupation and started using her mother’s iPhone to capture videos of protests near her home and uploading them on social media platforms.
Speaking to Independent Media at St James on Venice hotel, Ayyad said that it was important for everyone, especially the youth, to know the world and not live in a bubble.