Middle East

Besh

  Guys…this is Besh. My eyes are streaming reading his story in the Guardian. I met Besh in the camp in Dunkirk last year,…

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Abdulkarem

Our lovely 18-year-old Syrian friend Abdulazez Dukhan has had some devastating news. This is his cousin Abdulkarem. he died in Syria this week. Abdulazez…

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Shereen

Meet Shereen. Shereen is a young, charming 12 year old from Syria, now living in Lebanon. She’s been enrolled at SB OverSeas Teaching centre…

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The Tobal Family

The Tobal Family. I recently spent the day with Abdulrahman, Shindara and their beautiful children Brevan, 4 and Ahmed, 2. They told me: “We…

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Seek The Truth

“When you go to jail, you are there as a punishment for a crime you have committed, from breaking the law. When the borders…

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Aleppo Is Falling

Whilst I sit on a plane, about to take off to Thessaloniki…my heart is breaking. Aleppo is falling. But 100,000 people still remain there,…

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YAMAN

This is the story of Yaman. Crossing the border from Syria to Turkey, he faced landmines, machine guns and the loss of his family…

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ZEINAH

This is the story of Zeinah. The day she realised that the only way to survive was to leave the home and the country…

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Ehcan

“Beat me, not my father..’ I begged as Greek police hit my elderly father to the ground. ‘He’s old! He’s old! Please leave him…

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REMEMBER NOOR?

Remember Noor? (she’s dancing on the left) Our beautiful, funny, make-up loving, law studying friend who fled Syria after a bomb hit her university,…

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Friendships

It makes me burst with emotion when Kelli Scott messages me from Turkey to update me on how mattress and blanket distributions are going…

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Damascus

“When I moved to London I started teaching Arabic. I’ve been doing this to fill my free time integrating with the British people, and…

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#FirstFiver

What to do with your first new five pound note… On a recent trip to Turkey, I found Turkish farmers illegally recruiting vulnerable Syrian…

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They Are Hungry

I’m still processing some of the devastating scenes I witnessed on a recent trip to the camps around Izmir in Turkey. One of the…

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The White Helmets

Yesterday saw the release of a film about the White Helmets on Netflix. The White Helmets are a group of civilian volunteers in Syria…

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Dear Aylan

One year on… Dear Aylan, You should be 4. You should be safe. You should be here. How the world will ever explain your…

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What Future Are We Creating?

Refugee Child: What future are we Creating? In Native American cultures much value is placed on mankind’s ability to plan for future generations. In…

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Forgiveness, Compassion

When there is darkness, remember shine light. And when there is weakness, remember show might. And of course, make love your life’s deepest mission,…

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UPDATE ON YUSRA!

This year’s Olympics has a very special team. This team has no home, no flag, no national anthem and no country. This amazing team…

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Exodus

Guys, if you need something to watch this evening, I couldn’t recommend Exodus (on BBC iplayer) enough… ADD IT TO YOUR TO-WATCH LIST! Trust…

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Eid

This past year I have truly seen the beauty and peace shared through Islam. When some people pray, other people meditate. Some people say…

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Help Hamed

I can’t believe it. We reached 10,000 signatures to try and stop the deportation of Hamed on Thursday. The petition will be going to…

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Beautiful Noor

Meet beautiful Noor. She’s just turned 27, one year older than me, and she can’t walk anymore… Four years ago, Noor was in her…

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Naif and Fahtma

80 years is a long time. It is a lifetime of application, sustained growth and development, of yourself and that which is around you….

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ReVi

As you guys might know by now, Dan and Sim have been in Izmir, Turkey for the past week, and really, that’s thanks to…

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Middle East

When you hear the words ‘Middle East’ what do you think of? When you hear the word ‘Syria’, what’s the first thing that comes…

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Brothers and Sisters

There’s this amazing thing about Jordan that I feel like I have to share… So this last week working in Jordan, me and Nils…

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InshAllah

Yesterday when we arrived to Azraq camp in Jordan, these young Syrian boys were planting and watering some flowers. As I chatted to them…

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Azraq

Day Four in Jordan – Jaz’s Diary – Azraq Camp Azraq camp took my breath away. I couldn’t believe it. Rows and rows of…

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Welcome To Jordan

Day One in Jordan – Jaz’s diary – experiencing the refugee camps of the Middle East… Yesterday morning we arrived from London – Beirut…

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Yusra Mardini

This is Yusra Mardini. She’s 18 years old and she’s from Syria. She too, made the harrowing journey across the sea from Turkey to…

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Silence

This post is hard for me to write. For 7 days now I have known about a horrible story unfolding in the camp in…

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Abdul

This is Abdul. He is a 15 year old child. His entire family, mum, dad and siblings were killed in a bombing in his…

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Syrian Men Of Fairness

Some people have been asking us how we feel about the attacks in Cologne. Of course we feel absolutely devastated. Devastated for the victims,…

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The Truth, Unfiltered

Two days ago, we posted a distressing image I received on whatsApp from a Syrian friend in Damascus. It was a picture of the…

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If I Stay Alive

Last night I received these two pictures from my friend in Syria via WhatsApp. I find it hard to share things like this with…

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Syria

The UK is bombing Syria.. I am shocked, heartbroken. I guess the part of me that thought these people, though they don’t represent me,…

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WhatsApp-ing to Syria

A few months ago, when I was working in Tovarnik, on the Serbia / Croatia border, I met some incredible Syrian guys, many of…

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