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Youth United

How the World Youth Festival shapes our future

Cynthia, 17 years old, lives on the island of Java in Indonesia. In March 2024, she and 154 other representatives from her country travelled to Russia to participate in the World Youth Festival. Khalaf, originally from Iraq, also attended the Youth and Student Festival back in 1957. "In Moscow, they always called me Khalafchik," he reminisces. Returning to Russia has been his dream ever since, and 60 years later, it finally came to fruition. The World Youth Festival was held at the Olympic Park in Sochi, where over 20,000 participants from 188 countries gathered.