Khalil will be traveling from Ramallah, Palestine to relay run down the East Coast to spread the message that all people -- including Palestine refugees -- deserve basic human rights, like the right to movement, education, housing, and freedom.
Khalil has been running with Right to Movement Palestine for 6 years and has participated in multiple marathons! When he's not running, he pursues his passions for exercise and fostering community as a yoga and swimming instructor and hydrotherapy specialist.
“This [relay] run of the century is important because education is our most powerful tool to build our future country, where we will have access to all rights and the ability to move freely." - Dina
Dina is from Ramallah, Palestine. She is one of the runners coming all the way from the West Bank to run 250 miles down the East Coast because she believes Palestinians deserve the same rights as those enjoyed by many citizens of the world. By running alongside her Right to Movement team, she sends this message to the US government that Palestine refugees’ right to movement, education, and basic services shouldn’t be used as a political tool and that US funding to UNRWA should be reinstated.
George was born in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, where his mother is still an UNRWA employee. After graduating from college in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, George returned to Bethlehem and co-founded the first Right to Movement Palestine Marathon in 2013. He now lives in Los Angeles and is pursuing a master’s degree at USC thanks to his Fulbright fellowship.
Following the US administration’s decision to completely defund UNRWA in August 2018, George capitalized on his love for running to raise awareness and funds to the Agency that has so deeply impacted the lives of people in his family and his broader Palestinian community.
Mohammed Eid is a 29-year-old Palestine refugee who grew up in Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. He recently graduated with a master’s degree in Global Studies and International Development through a joint program at the University of North Carolina and Duke University as a Rotary Peace Scholar.
In his time in the US, he’s spoken at many events, including UNRWA USA fundraisers, to share his story, spread knowledge on the current humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, and raise awareness to the role UNRWA plays in the lives of Palestine refugees.
He’ll be sharing his personal story as part of the Relay Run for Refugees.