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Rym Tina Ghazal

Rym Tina Ghazal is a peace ambassador, thought/youth leader, documentarian, lecturer and author for young readers. In addition, she is an award-winning journalist with over 15 years of experience. In 2003, she became one of the first women of Arab heritage to cover war zones in the Middle East. She has written about the UAE and from throughout the Middle East, with exclusive interviews with royals, members of tribes, historic figures and politicians.

As a writer and researcher, Ghazal has a particular interest in history, culture and politics. She delights in discovering the stories behind old photos, maps and manuscripts. She has written in-depth features on “forgotten stories,” such as the Lebanon Famine of 1915-18. Her investigative journalism includes stories on mass graves, child brides and human trafficking.

Ghazal is a co-founder of The Hidden Beauty Project, a monthly gathering dedicated to empowering women and youth. She has published two books: “Maskoon,” for young readers, and the bilingual “Spot and the Little Boy.” Profits from the books go toward helping orphans.

Ghazal, who lists meeting the Dalai Lama as one of her life-changing experiences, is a mentor for youths from conflict zones, part of a US Institute of Peace project.

She has MA degrees in psychology and journalism, and is the recipient of several awards, including the Abu Dhabi YAS Excellence Award in 2016, and the Euro-Med Journalist Award of the Anna Lindh Foundation in 2014.

Rediscovering the Real Meaning of “Mindfulness” in the Middle East By Rym Tina Ghazal - Oct 7, 2018

The world is in the grips of a phenomenon called “mindfulness,” with people everywhere chasing the supposed contentment that comes with self-awareness. Don’t get me wrong. A little of that is no doubt a good thing. But you cannot walk past a yoga studio or a gym-clothing store in the mall today without detecting that … Continue reading “Rediscovering the Real Meaning of “Mindfulness” in the Middle East”

Citizenship for Sale: Disjointed Identities as Mena Residents Seek Safe Harbors By Rym Tina Ghazal - May 31, 2018

Three families, one common story: They all bought a better future. One family is from Gaza, but now carry Saint Kitts and Nevis passports, while admitting they have no idea where the Caribbean nation is located on a map. Another family from Aleppo travel with Hungarian passports, yet haven’t learned a single word of the … Continue reading “Citizenship for Sale: Disjointed Identities as Mena Residents Seek Safe Harbors”

In a Village Without Men, a Community of Women Seeks a Durable Peace in Syria By Rym Tina Ghazal - Apr 12, 2018

A new kind of resistance is growing in war-torn Syria. In the heart of Rojava, the mainly Kurdish region of northern Syria, there is an embryo of optimism in what some might call a utopian vision of peace in this shattered country. And yet the women of Jinwar village believe that they have founded a … Continue reading “In a Village Without Men, a Community of Women Seeks a Durable Peace in Syria”