All Alaa Eddin Karnabeh wanted was for his family to be safe. The 37-year-old fled Syria with his wife and children six years ago when their lives were made unbearable by civil war. Their journey was long, difficult and dangerous, but finally, in Bristol, they have found peace and safety - and Mr Karnabeh couldn’t be more grateful. Mr Karnabeh and his family entered the UK under the Government’s Vulnerable Persons’ Resettlement Scheme, which takes refugees who have fled to Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan or Turkey, and Bristol’s approach to helping resettle the world’s “displaced persons” has been highlighted in a global report. From the family’s new home in Easton, he recounted their painful departure from Damascus in 2012 and their search for sanctuary which led them through Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, the Sudan and finally, in desperation, to the door of the United Nations. With the help of an Arabic interpreter, Mr Karnabeh explained his … [Read more...] about Syrian family finds sanctuary in Bristol after six-year search for safety
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A few miles from the Syrian border in Lebanon, the Beqaa valley is lined with olive groves, vineyards and pomegranate trees. Amid the orchards lie large encampments of white canvas. Up close, these are the homes of tens of thousands of Syrians waiting to restart their lives, somehow and somewhere. The picturesque surroundings stand in stark contradiction to their tattered tents and desperate lives. Unsurprisingly, the news of the arrival of two Germans last May aroused much curiosity among the resident refugees. It is hard to overstate the positive image Germany has held in the mind of Syrians in recent years: admiration for German efficiency, prosperity and welfare systems is combined with awareness of its generosity towards the displaced, symbolised by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s admission of hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing across Europe three years ago. The two Germans were carrying video cameras and filming the camp – even if they themselves seemed … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight What is a German alt-right organisation doing in Lebanon’s Syrian refugee camps?
News / Dundee by Steven Rae June 1, 2018, 6:05 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A Dundee woman has spoken of the “heart breaking” scenes she witnessed on an aid-giving mission to Lebanon. Sophia Younis, 25, travelled with friend Aishah Anwar, 24, on an international volunteer deployment programme for four days with Action Relief, in partnership with Muslim Aid – both Islamic charities. The pair, who studied at Morgan Academy together, travelled to the Middle Eastern country to hand-deliver food parcels to Syrian and Palestinian refugees. An estimated 2.2 million refugees from Syria are in Lebanon, displaced following the Syrian Civil War. Between 175,000-500,000 Palestinian refugees are thought to be in Lebanon, having left the war-torn region intermittently since the 1948 Palestine war broke out. Sophia, who works part-time in a call centre, said: “The time flew by, even though each day was long and … [Read more...] about Dundee woman recalls ‘humbling’ Lebanon visit to hand out aid to Syrian refugees
How do you organise a successful genocide – in Turkish Armenia a century ago, in Nazi-occupied Europe in the 1940s, or in the Middle East today? A remarkable and newly-published investigation by a young Harvard scholar – focusing on the slaughter of Armenians in a single Turkish Ottoman city 103 years ago – suggests the answer is simple: a genocidal government must have the local support of every branch of respectable society: tax officials, judges, magistrates, junior police officers, clergymen, lawyers, bankers and, most painfully, the neighbours of the victims. Umit Kurt’s detailed paper on the slaughter of the Armenians of Antep in southern Turkey in 1915, which appears in the latest edition of the Journal of Genocide Research, concentrates on the dispossession, rape and murder of just 20,000 of the one and a half million Armenian Christians slaughtered by the Ottoman Turks in the first holocaust of the 20th century. It not only details the series of … [Read more...] about Whether Armenia, the Nazis or Isis – if you’re going to commit genocide, you can’t do it without the help of local people
It was never particularly complicated. All Mohammad El Hindawi wanted for his family was a reprieve from the bedbugs afflicting his children. In the summer of 2015, while dealing with the vermin in their new home of Edmonton, he’d learned through a social worker that Canadians apparently loved camping, and so, as a new Canadian, he thought that perhaps this was something he should try. Camping was a new concept to this refugee born and raised in Hama, Syria, site of the Hama massacre of 1982, when the military rounded up 10,000 or 20,000 or 40,000 people for execution (nobody really knows). His father and uncles were spared, but El Hindawi, who was six then, never shed the trauma and bitterness. His whole life has been a struggle, from his early 20s when he lost his firstborn son to measles, right up until 13 November 2014, the day he boarded a plane and flew to Canada – a country he’d never learned about in public school. His life remained a struggle, because he had … [Read more...] about What is Canada like for a refugee?