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Malala Yousafzai Celebrates Her Birthday in the Best Way Possible

The Nobel Peace Prize Winner decided it was more important to give, than get, a gift this year.

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Most teenagers celebrate their birthdays in the same way: by getting drunk, eating gross food, and complaining. But Malala Yousafzai, the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, decided to throw a slightly different kind of party. This Sunday, Malala celebrated her 18th birthday by opening a brand new school for Syrian girl refugees desperate for an education.

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Using The Power Of Pee To Generate Electricity In Refugee Camps

“Urine-tricity” can provide cheap, renewable energy to light bathrooms, and reduce violence against women as a result.

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Pee. Is there anything it can’t do?

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One Syrian’s Snow Bucket Challenge to Save Refugees from the Winter Cold

In a video posted online, a Syrian actor challenges his president to spend one night in the freezing refugee camps.

Although most people conjure up images of sand dunes and sunny Mediterranean beaches when they picture the Middle East, people in the region are now experiencing freezing temperatures as snowstorms hit parts of Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Palestine, and Lebanon. Syrian and Iraqi refugees, already living in meager conditions, are feeling the full force of this year’s cold snap, as they weather the storms in sparse lodgings situated on the borders on Turkey and Lebanon. In an effort to raise awareness of their plight, one Syrian actor, Ehab Yousef, has challenged President Bashar Al-Assad to a “snow bucket” challenge. In a video posted to YouTube on Sunday, Yousef is videotaped barefoot and dressed in shorts and a tank top, lying on the ground as friends dump buckets of snow on his body.

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