Beirut play about Syrian war gets as close to home as it can

Sunday, 22 October 2017

A play about Syria’s war, told through one family’s tragedy, made its Lebanon debut on Friday, the closest it will ever get to being staged on home soil, its Syrian director said.“It would be impossible to perform it in Syria. There are red lines, and the censorship that was there before 2011 is still there today,” said Omar Abu Saada, one of the country’s best-known theatre directors.The play - called “While I Was Waiting” - is based on the real-life ...

MIT student making sleeping bags for refugees in Middle East

Sunday, 15 October 2017

It wasn’t enough to send warm wishes to refugees in Syria. Vick Liu wanted to send them actual warmth. The sophomore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is creating a new line of sleeping bags designed for refugees who have few other options to keep warm during harsh winters in the Middle East. An avid backpacker in his youth, Liu came up with the idea last year after reading about Syrian families who were struggling to survive freezing temperatures after fleeing the country&rsquo ...

Woman's murder prompts mass eviction of Syrians from Lebanese town

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Abu Khaled had lived in the Lebanese town of Miziara for almost 20 years until a woman's suspected murder by a Syrian refugee led to his expulsion alongside several hundred other Syrians. “They gave us notice to evict at 2 a.m.,” said Abu Khaled, standing outside a bare building in a nearby village with some of his 13-strong family, who were all forced to leave on the orders of the local authorities. “I don't know how we left - we carried our stuff on ...

VIDEO: Sounds of music replace sounds war for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

Thursday, 5 October 2017

From wars in their home cities to camps in Lebanon, a music association in Beirut hopes to rehabilitate Palestinian and Syrian refugees by tapping into their musical talents.The program has had a significant shift in the lives of children and young adults, some of whom recently escaped from unspeakable crimes of war.The “Action for Hope” Music School began two years ago to train refugees to sing and play musical instruments.

Syrian child under bombing rubble pleads: ‘Dad I beg you, get me out’

Saturday, 30 September 2017

A video clip showed a very painful and distraught moment for a Syrian child and her father after a bombardment carried out by the regime’s planes on a residential neighborhood. The young girl screamed and pleaded with her father to remove her from the rubble of the building: “Baba, I’ll kiss your feet, take me out”. The lower part of her body seemed under the rubble. Next to her is the father looking helpless, unable to do anything for his child. A number of youths come ...

Heartbreaking story of Syrian family forced to share kisses through fence

Thursday, 14 September 2017

After more than a year of separation Syrian refugee Ammar Hammasho was finally, albeit briefly, reunited with his wife and four children through a chain link fence topped with barbed wire in Cyprus. Hammasho, who is from the war-ravaged Idlib region, fell to his knees and kissed each of his three eldest children through the three meter-high barrier encircling a migrant reception center at Kokkinotrimithia, west of the Cypriot capital Nicosia. His youngest toddler, Jumah – named after their ...

Rebels and refugees in Lebanese enclave evacuated to Syria

Monday, 14 August 2017

The evacuation of a group of Syrian rebels and refugees from a border enclave in Lebanon back into Syrian territory started on Monday, Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar TV reported. About 300 rebels from a group called Saraya Ahl al-Sham as well as about 3,000 refugees are to leave Lebanon under a deal that followed an assault by the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah on insurgent positions last month. A convoy of 40 buses had left for the Syrian border, al-Manar said. Their departure will leave an ...

Turkey arrests three soldiers ‘who beat Syrians on border’

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A Turkish court arrested three soldiers allegedly filmed beating up and verbally abusing four young Syrians who attempted to cross the border illegally, state media reported Monday.The video, widely shared on social media but which could not be independently verified, appears to shows four Turkish soldiers kicking and beating the Syrians.A court in the southern Turkish province of Hatay ruled three of the soldiers would be remanded in custody but released a fourth soldier, state-run news agency ...

US pledges extra $140 mln to Lebanon for Syrian refugees

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The United States will give Lebanon an extra $140 million to help Syrian refugees and the communities hosting them, the State Department said during a US state visit by Lebanon’s Prime Minister. Lebanon is hosting at least 1.5 million Syrian refugees who have fled the more than six-year conflict there and who now make up about a quarter of the country’s population. The latest grant means the United States has given Lebanon more than $1.5 billion in ...

Fire rages in Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon, 1 dead

Sunday, 2 July 2017

A fire broke out in a Syrian refugee settlement in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley Sunday, killing at least one person and sending large plumes of black smoke into the sky, the state news agency and the Red Cross said. Ahmed Salloum, a member of the local emergency services, said the fire turned the tent camp near Qab Elias town into “ashes.” He said firefighters and emergency workers struggled for over two hours to contain the fire that broke out around midday. Temperatures are soaring ...

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