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Nidal Al-Azraq

Nidal Al-Azraq is a Palestinian refugee who was born and raised in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, the West Bank, Palestine. He is currently working as the executive director of, a US based organization that focuses on water, food, health, and environmental work in Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank. He has been involved for over 15 years in working with young Palestinian refugees in refugee camps in the West Bank though human rights, empowerment, and political education projects.

Nidal earned his Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Harvard Extension School, Dean’s List Academic Achievement Award, and Derek Bok Public Service Prize. For the past five years, Nidal has been organizing and leading medical missions from the US to Palestine to help improve the medical system and treatment, especially in refugee camps. He has been organizing and leading water testing delegations for the past five years in partnership with the Water: Systems, Science and Society program at Tufts University.

In May, 2017, Nidal organized and led a service trek to Palestine with 17 graduate students from Harvard Kennedy School in the field of education, medicine and biotech to meet Palestinians working in these fields and help create a partnership to exchange knowledge and help improve these areas. He has also worked as a translator, and co-wrote with Amahi Bishara The Boy and the Wall (2005), a bilingual children’s book produced with Lajee Center, published in the West Bank. This book received the Psychologists for Social Responsibility’s 2008 Josephine “Scout” Wollman Fuller Award for the promotion of peace and social justice in the Middle East.