Spacetoon Kids TV addresses challenges teens face from conflict in Iraq

February 2, 2012

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Iraq is demographically disproportionate, with half the country under the age of 19. Here, youth gather in the Tigris River.

Fifty percent of Iraq’s population is under 19 years old. The younger generation is in a distinct position, having lived under the shadow of sanctions and wars for two full decades. Today, Worldview talks to a man who's focusing on helping to heal Iraq's youth.

Hussam Hadi is regional director of the Arabic cartoon channel Spacetoon Kids TV. Operating in the Middle East and North Africa, the channel reaches 22 countries and 50 million viewers. Spacetoon Kids TV is unique in that it directly addresses the challenges facing children in Iraq, tackling subjects such as education, landmines, rights, healthcare and hygiene.

Hussam joins Worldview to share his story of empowering Iraqi teenagers.

 

Hussam is being honored tonight as the 2011 Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellow on Social Entrepreneurship, a distinction awarded by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The event will take place at The Chicago Club at 5:30PM.

 

Watch this video of a reality show on Hussam's channel, producing for and by Iraqi youth:

 

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