An 18-year-old in Alexandria, Egypt who is a student with Youth Journalism International, Yasser Alaa, was taking pictures of a demonstration on Nov. 22 when police opened fire with tear gas. In the tumult, he fell, fainted and woke to find his camera stolen and a body lying nearby with his head split open. He is recovering from the trauma at home now, but needs a new camera. He is a fine young photographer. We hope people will help him get one.
One of our students - Yasser Alaa - was injured during the protests in Alexandria, Egypt when police opened fire. He fainted in the street and his camera was stolen, making it impossible for him to carry on his studies and work as a photojournalist. We need to replace that camera, which is crucial to him but also to other student journalists who depend on his pictures to illustrate their work. It is also a benefit to the many readers who view his pictures at PBS NewsHour Extra and at YJI.
If we can raise enough money, we can make sure Yasser gets a new camera. If there is more money than we need for his camera, the excess will be used to help other Youth Journalism International students get cameras and other equipment. We will try to focus that effort on Egyptian student needs.
Yasser Alaa is a talented 18-year-old who takes brilliant pictures. He could be one of the great photojournalists in the world if thing work out for him.
YJI also depends on young people such as Yasser to deliver quality work that attracts many readers and also helps other students find us. YJI is open to any students in the world, for free, and takes as many of them into its program as funds allow. They apply online at no cost. We need to showcase their work as they learn and grow.