Building Bridges through Dialogue: Reflections on the Euro-Arab Youth Forum

Thamer Hadded

Civil society activist and Project Manager at We Love Sousse

The Covid-19 pandemic has not only affected our physical health and well-being, but has also resulted in a breakdown of communication and dialogue between different cultures and communities. With travel restrictions and closed borders, the pandemic has made it difficult for people from different parts of the world to connect and engage with each other. This has led to a sense of isolation and disconnection, particularly among young people. In this context, the third edition of the Euro-Arab Youth Forum, held in Sousse, Tunisia, in 2021, and organised by We Love Sousse, was a unique opportunity for young people from across the Mediterranean to come together, share their experiences, and discuss the importance of intercultural dialogue in the post-Covid-19 world.


The third edition of the Euro-Arab Youth Forum took place in Sousse, Tunisia, in September 2021, with over 100 participants from 15 countries across the Euro-Mediterranean region coming together for a three-day event centred around the theme of Interculturality and Crisis in the Euromed Region (Covid-19). Organised by We Love Sousse as the head of the Tunisian network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, the event provided a platform for young people to connect, learn and work together, highlighting the importance of intercultural dialogue and cross-border cooperation.

The Forum highlighted the need for youths to take an active role in promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding. By engaging in meaningful discussions and collaborative projects, young people can play a vital role in breaking down barriers and promoting a culture of peace and inclusivity in the post-Covid era

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