From refugee to chef: Berlin film festival to showcase Syrian cook

Friday, 26 January 2018

A Syrian refugee will be cooking dishes from Damascus and Aleppo for VIP guests at the opening of the Berlinale International Film Festival next month. The choice of Malakeh Jazmati reflects the mission of the festival, which was set up in 1951 to showcase films that address urgent social and political issues in the world. The festival devoted its program to refugees and migration in 2016 after Europe’s politics were convulsed by the arrival of more than a million refugees from the Middle ...

Q&A with Norwegian artist Fredrik Raddum on art and refugees

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Norwegian artist Fredrik Raddum has been known to use his figurative sculptures and installation art pieces to evoke and often explore political themes, especially after the refugee and migrant crisis recently. One of Raddum’s sculpture, “Trans ī re”, or “the Passage”, has struck people’s attention and images of it has spread widely throughout the world specially in the Middle East, where the migrant issue has become focal as wars and sectarian conflicts grip ...

Germany releases six Syrians suspected of terror plot

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Six Syrian refugees arrested in Germany on suspicion of preparing a terror attack on behalf of ISIS were freed Wednesday because of a lack of evidence, a prosecutor said. The suspects, aged 20 to 28, were detained in dawn raids Tuesday that saw 500 police officers swoop on residences in the cities of Kassel, Essen, Hanover and Leipzig. Media reports said they were believed to be targeting a Christmas market. But the Frankfurt public prosecutor said there was “insufficient evidence” ...

PHOTOS: Shrinking island in India triggers climate refugee crisis

Friday, 10 November 2017

“Brother the island is vanishing, it is no man’s land, everyone is leaving, better you too go home,” said Raghubir Mal, a senior inhabitant of Botkhali village of Sagar Island in the state of India’s West Bengal. At the distance of over 150 kilometers from the Capital city of Kolkata, Sagar Island at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal – is losing the battle to sea level rise, coastal erosion, tidal surges and increasingly violent cyclones forcing the ...

Syrian refugee who became a doctor congratulated by London mayor

Thursday, 3 August 2017

After living in four countries and 21 homes labelled as a “refugee” 27-year-old Tirej Brimo can now call himself a doctor. Tirej Brimo graduated four years to the day from St Georges, University of London, after he applied for assylum to the United Kingdom fleeing from his small northern Syrian town of Afrin in Aleppo. Dr Brimo’s day was further elevated after he was congratulated by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who listned to his story and tweeted a picture with the young man. The ...

GRAPHIC: Video shows Lebanese men hitting and tormenting Syrian man

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A shocking video was released on social media showing a group of Lebanese men hitting and tormenting a Syrian man just because he is from Syria.The video, which was filmed from a phone, shows a group of men kicking and shouting at the Syrian man, making him demean his people and praise the Lebanese army.Tensions have risen in Lebanon as of late when the national army raided several refugee camps and detained over 355 refugees, four of whom died while in detention. Several protests have erupted ...

Emotional reunion shows plight of Syria’s lost children

Monday, 3 April 2017

When Jaafar’s grandmother recognized him by his birthmark in a Turkish orphanage, months after his parents were killed fleeing Syria’s civil war, she held him tight, screaming for joy. The story of how Hajar Saleh, a 47-year-old nurse, spent fraught weeks tracing her grandson in a foreign country and many months trying to bring him home underscores the terrible plight of Syria’s thousands of lost children and their families. Jaafar was only three-months-old when his parents, ...

Lebanese PM urges world help to cope with refugee influx

Friday, 31 March 2017

Lebanon will present a comprehensive plan to help alleviate the enormous burden of Syrian refugees at an upcoming Syria conference in Brussels, but needs urgent international support to avoid collapse, Lebanon’s prime minister said Friday. Speaking to a group of journalists ahead of the April 5 European conference in Brussels on supporting the future of Syria, Hariri warned that Lebanon faces serious security and economic issues and has reached breaking point. “The international ...

Syrian refugee tent finds life as dress with a past

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Once home to a family of Syrian refugees, a UN tent has found a new life as a dress still bearing the marks and stains of its past. “Dress for Our Time”, the brainchild of fashion designer Helen Storey, has turned a discarded tent from the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan into a hooded dress featured on stage at the Glastonbury Festival and in the conference halls of Dubai. Now on display at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition, the project ...

German court rejects Syrian refugee’s case against Facebook

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

A German court on Tuesday rejected a temporary injunction against Facebook in a case brought by a Syrian refugee who sued the social networking site for failing to remove faked posts linking him to crimes and militant attacks.The Wuerzburg district court said in a preliminary ruling that Facebook is neither a “perpetrator nor a participant” in what it said was “undisputable defamation” by Facebook users, but simply acting as a hosting provider which is not responsible for ...

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