Sara Saleh is a human rights and refugee advocate, grassroots activist & creative artist/performer. Sara has almost a decade’s experience working with various NGOs including Amnesty International Australia, which has taken her from the UN in New York to the refugee camps of Lebanon and occupied Palestine.
At the age of 22 she co-founded longstanding grassroots initiatives including JAAN (Justice and Arts Network), which served as a platform to mentor and enrich young refugees and migrants in different skills.
Sara regularly speaks and writes on human rights, refugees, Palestine, and the politics of language and identity, and has been published widely across national media.
Her belief in the power of storytelling as resistance and as healing has taken her from working with refugees, to performing her poetry and songs nationally and internationally.
Sara has featured at Bankstown Poetry Slam (Australia’s largest slam), Art Party and Flower Power for Palestine; and internationally, at Dubai’s annual Street Festival, Abu Dhabi’s Rooftop Rhythms, and most recently, the iconic Nyorican’s Poet café in New York. In 2015, Sara co-founded the hugely popular Dubai Poetry Slam and began co-organising the The Dirty Thirty online poetry platform.
Sara has quickly become an unforgettable “voice that embroiders itself on hearts that need it most.” Several of her pieces have been published in the 2013 BPS Poetry Anthology “The Last Conversation”, and the 2014 edition, “On Second Thought.” That year, she was also commissioned to co-write the highly anticipated “My name is Faten”, a coming of age film soon to hit film festivals.
A recent Masters of Human Rights Law graduate and Affinity’s 2013 Youth of the Year for her activism, Sara spends her nights volunteering at community development organisation Mission of Hope, and working on her new social enterprise, ReBOOKS, dedicated to improving refugee literacy in Australia.
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This article was originally published on Creative Ummah.