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Austrian couple make Syrian guest part of the family
UNHCR, 01/09/2016
BAD SCHALLERBACH, Austria – When they go shopping in the small Austrian town of Bad Schallerbach, Martina Schamberger introduces Nawras Ahmadook as her son. The arguments they have in the grocery store are typical of those between a parent and child. Nawras heads straight for the junk food, and Martina tries to restrain him. “That’s probably the only time Martina wanted to raise her voice at me,” said Nawras, a 26-year-old refugee from Syria, who is just under two metres tall. Despite their differences over nutrition, their bond is tight. “I feel like he is my son,” said Martina with pride. “He accepts me, a bit different than his mother. He opens up to me a lot, like a friend too. We have been together seven months now and never had a big fight.” Their connection dates back to 2006, when Martina’s daughter, Valerie, was studying Arabic in Aleppo, Syria. Nawras’s...
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Architect helps Syrian trio build new lives in Sweden
UNHCR, 01/09/2016
MALMÖ, Sweden – Architect Lars Asklund, who is affectionetly known as Jim, was deeply moved by the images on television of thousands of people arriving in Sweden in 2015. He wanted to help, but did not know how. First, he went to the migration authorities in Malmö and told them he had two empty guest rooms. Nothing happened. Then he went to a nearby asylum centre where new arrivals were being processed and housed temporarily. He approached a young man who had a small child, but was reluctant to take on the responsibility of housing a child. So he turned to the man standing behind, Waleed Lababidi, who had been translating. “I asked him three questions: ‘Are you married?’ He said yes. ‘Do you have kids?’ He said no. I looked him straight in the eye and asked: ‘Are you a fundamentalist?’ He said no. I told him ‘Okay, I have a good proposal for you’.” Waleed, 29,...
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Jewish family open their Berlin home to Muslim refugee
UNHCR, 01/09/2016
BERLIN, Germany – Every Friday evening, the Jellinek family gather for a Shabbat dinner at their home in central Berlin. Chaim, his wife Kyra and three of their four children sit around a candlelit table to recite blessings over wine and good food. This year, their weekly tradition has included an unlikely guest. Twenty-eight-year-old Kinan, a Syrian Muslim, has been living with the Jellineks since November 2015. He joins them for Shabbat most Fridays and often cooks Syrian meals that he has learned to make by watching videos on YouTube. Kinan, who prefers to be known only by his first name, used to work in marketing and pharmaceuticals in Damascus. He left Syria in July 2015 to avoid military service because, he said, he did not want to take up arms against his own people. He went first to Turkey and then Greece. After arriving in Germany in August 2015, he initially stayed in mote...
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Berlin couple go from hosts to surrogate parents
UNHCR, 01/09/2016
BERLIN, Germany – Manuela and Jörg Buisset knew they had to help when they saw hundreds of thousands of refugees arriving in their hometown of Berlin during summer 2015. Images in the news showed long queues of people, many living on the streets without shelter. The Buissets had just finished renovating their modern basement apartment and were planning to rent it out. Instead, they signed up to offer temporary housing for refugees with the non-profit Berlin Refugee Council. A few weeks later, Manuela, 54, received a call saying there was a family in need of a place to stay. Ahmed, 28, his wife Nourhan, 20, and their two-year-old daughter, Alin, had recently arrived from Syria. They had vouchers for motels, but there were no vacancies. Manuela said they did not expect to be hosting a family. “We would have preferred a young woman alone, but in this situation you cannot say no,”...
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Quiet librarian and outspoken Syrian artist form unlikely bond
UNHCR, 01/09/2016
MALMÖ, Sweden – Alqumit Alhamad is Syrian, Muslim and gay. He arrived in Sweden on a snowy day last February with a small backpack containing a change of clothes, some art supplies and CDs of Lady Gaga, Björk and Barbra Streisand. “Guards across Europe always looked at me weird when they searched my bag,” he said. “But I don’t care. I can’t live without my music.” The 24-year-old artist fled Raqqa, in northern Syria, in 2012 when extremists made the city their headquarters. Alqumit and his family went first to the port of Latakia, and he commuted to Aleppo to finish university. After missiles landed on campus he fled to Turkey, then to Europe via Greece in November 2015. When he arrived in Sweden, he stayed at an LGBT certified camp in Västerås. Three months later, he met Linnea Tell through a friend and an organization called Refugees Welcome, which helps connect re...
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Campaign aims to enhance living conditions of Syrians in Egypt
Daily News Egypt, 27/07/2016
In an attempt to save their lives, millions of Syrians left their bombarded homes behind. Ever since the start of the civil war in Syria five years ago, the lives of Syrian refugees have been a chain of suffering and misery. Those who came to Egypt were some of the luckiest, as the main challenges . an attempt to save their lives, millions of Syrians left their bombarded homes behind. Ever since the start of the civil war in Syria five years ago, the lives of Syrian refugees have been a chain of suffering and misery. Those who came to Egypt were some of the luckiest, as the main challenges they faced were merely financial. Unlike other countries, like Lebanon and Turkey, Syrians were welcomed by Egyptians, had rights of ownership of residencies and commercial facilities, and were supported by organisations, like Misr Foundation for Health and Sustainable Development. In an attempt...
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Syrian refugees in Egypt showcase their art
Al Monitor, 04/07/2016
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — On the occasion of World Refugee Day June 20, six talented Syrian artists participated in an exhibition that was organized by the United Nations refugee agency field office in Alexandria with the cooperation of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which hosted the event.Aseer Al Madaien, the head of the UNHCR field office in Alexandria, told Al-Monitor that the reason for holding the exhibition was to support the refugees in expressing themselves. The participants, whose ages ranged from 12 to 45, took part in the exhibition showcasing ink-and-pencil drawings as well as photographs. It was the first time that the participants had displayed their works to the public. In an elegant dark suit and with a shy smile, Ghayth Utabashi, a 14-year-old Syrian refugee, welcomed the attendants who paused before his drawings. Utabashi’s drawings portrayed cartoon characters that ...
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Soccer: Chelsea helps Syrian refugee children in Egypt
Ansamed, 06/06/2016
NAPLES - England's Chelsea Football Club has contributed to humanitarian organisation Plan International to aid Syrian child refugees in Alexandria, Egypt, donating enough to provide school materials for 400 children, as well as access to courses to make up for time missed in school and psychological trauma support. Last September, the London football club donated more than 50,000 pounds (about 65,000 euros), collecting one pound from each ticket sold for the London derby against Arsenal, as well as auctioning off player jerseys worn during the Champions League match against Maccabi Tel Aviv. "We've all seen images of the physical devastation caused by the conflict in Syria - but the psychological impact on children can be even more profound," said Tanya Barron, CEO of Plan International UK, in a statement published on Chelsea's website. "With Chelsea's support we're helping Syrian...
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"الأطباء العرب": قافلة طبية لبورما وتغطية احتياجات 90 ألف لاجئ سورى فى مصر
Youm 7, 06/06/2016
أطلق اتحاد الأطباء العرب حملة جديدة بعنوان "رحماء بينهم"، داخل دولة المقر مصر، وخارجها، وذلك ضمن نطاق عمل الاتحاد الإنسانى والإغاثى فى المناطق النائية والحدودية، بالتزامن مع حلول شهر رمضان المبارك. وأعلن أحمد مرسى، مسئول لجنة الإغاثة والطوارئ باتحاد الأطباء العرب، فى بيان صحفى، عن تحركات مكثفة واستعدادات واسعة استعدادا لشهر رمضان؛ من خلال برنامج "مكافحة الجوع وسوء التغذية" الذي يتضمن توزيع "شنط رمضان" ودعم وتغطية شرائح اجتماعية واسعة داخل مصر وخارجها. وقال مرسى ، إن البرنامج يشمل "مكافحة ا...
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أطفال سوريا يعرضون معاناتهم فى حفل مفوضية اللاجئين بيوم التنوع الثقافى
Youm 7, 30/05/2016
نظمت مفوضية الأمم المتحدة لشئون اللاجئين بالإسكندرية، اليوم، ومكتبة الإيداع بمكتبة الإسكندرية ومنظمة الأمم المتحدة للأمومة والطفولة UNICEF، احتفالية بمناسبة اليوم العالمى للتنوع الثقافى. وتضمنت الاحتفالية مجموعة من الأغانى القصيرة وعرضاً مسرحياً، ويقدمها مجموعة من شباب وأطفال اللاجئين السوريين المقيمين بالإسكندرية (فرقة سوريانا). وعرض الأطفال معاناة السوريين فى التهجير ومراحل وصولهم إلى مصر والمساعدات المعنوية التى يتلقونها من الشعب المصرى لحين استقرار أوضاعهم وأعمالهم. وحضر الاحتفا...
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