‘Don’t lose faith,’ Iranian-British singer tells Syrian refugees

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An Iranian-British singer and composer Sami Yousef, known as “Islam’s biggest rock star,” met young Syrian children this week at Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

In a gesture of support for the Syrian humanitarian cause, Yousef invited the youth to sing along with him, according to an online website.

“This is an incredible ordeal for you and your families and I don’t want you to lose faith that you will go back home soon, so stay strong and take care of your children because this is the future of Syria,” Relief Web quoted Yousef saying as he met with Syrian’s at the camp.

Children at schools run by UNICEF were entertained by Yousef as they sang along to his songs.

Yousef, dubbed “Islam’s biggest rock star” by Time magazine, stopped at the World Food Program’s distribution centers inside Zaatari camp, where he interacted with men and women queuing up for their food rations.

The Tehran-born singer has sold over nine million albums. His fluency in Arabic has made him popular in the Middle East.

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