In 2014, Nujeen Mustafa began a journey as a refugee that would lead to her addressing the United Nations Security Council. Nujeenhas cerebral palsy and cannot walk. She grew up in Kobani, Syria where a lack of facilities for disabled children meant that she could not attend school. She taught herself English watching American soap opera Days of Our Lives.
Aged 16, with her sister, Nujeen braved inconceivable odds to travel in her wheelchair from Syria in search of a new life. The harrowing journey took them across the Mediterranean to Greece and finally to Germany to seek an education and the medical treatment she needs.Nujeen now lives in Cologne with her brother and sister.