Created in Syria by 26 American and Syrian youths with disabilities while participating in the Youth Ability Summit in 2010, the “Silver Scorpion” is the story of an Arabic boy named Bashir who loses his legs in a landmine accident and later realizes he has the superpower to bend metal with his mind. This innovative creation is the result of the collaboration between the American and Syrian youth and truly shows the power of people-to-people diplomacy. Together, the youths were able to bridge a cultural gap and promote an important message about understanding the challenges of living with a disability.
Now the “Silver Scorpion, the first ever cross-cultural superhero with a disability, is a four-part animated series offered on MTV Voices’ global websites in three languages all over Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
The series will be further promoted by iEARN (International Education and Resource Network), who have a global reach of over 45,000 schools in 130 countries. (You can see our past work in Egypt with iEARN’s partner in Cairo, E-ERA, with whom we partnered to distribute 10,000 copies of the comic book in Arabic.)