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
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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?
The local elections across the North East have dominated the headlines this week, but there has been plenty of other council business you might have missed. From a drop in Northumbria Police’s cash reserves, to £1m in business rates being wiped off by Gateshead Council, we’ve rounded up the best council stories of the week to keep you up-to-date. Read our handy digest below: 1. Polling stations opened in Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland Thousands of people headed to the ballot boxes for the 2018 local elections. A third of the local authority seats in Gateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside and North Tyneside were contested, with every seat in Newcastle City Council up due to a change in the ward boundaries. For a full roundup, read here: https:// www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/local-election-results-north-east-14613519 2. Police ‘vulnerable’ as reserves plummet Northumbria Police’s general cash reserves … [Read more...] about Elections, drones and refugees: The latest North East council business
A SYRIAN refugee who has performed at Glastonbury is releasing an album of traditional folk songs with proceeds going to support his community. Percussionist Jamal Alsakka arrived in Brighton and Hove as a refugee last year after fleeing the war in Syria. Jamal has more than 40 years experience as a musician and music teacher. Since arriving in the UK he has toured with the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Damon Albarn, Gorillaz, and performed at the Glastonbury and Womad festivals. He was introduced to amateur oud player Alaa Wehbi in the city’s Syrian Community Group, and the pair have been entertaining community meetings over the last year. Now they are releasing an EP of traditional Syrian and Lebanese love songs. Jamal, who lives in Hove with his wife and son, speaks very little English. His musical partner Alaa told The Argus: “There is a lively Syrian community in Brighton and Hove. “My background is music, I have a relative who is a famous singer … [Read more...] about Syrian refugee who performed at Glastonbury releases album for charity
Home / News / Dundee by Adam Hill January 23, 2018, 6:00 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A charity worker is set to drive a van laden with aid for Syrian refugees across Europe. Moto GP rider Ian Pert runs Hedz Up — a charity which works with and trains youngsters throughout the country, including Dundee — and is ready to drive a vehicle filled with donations across the Continent. He will be joined by fellow riders James Hunter and Ronnie Russell. Ian said the trip will take the group through dangerous terrain and its members will need to keep their wits about them to ensure they come back safe and sound. He told the Tele: “We are going to an area where there are risks — we know that. We have all been racing our whole lives and I think that will see us through. We are used to being in dangerous situations. “You just don’t know what you are going to get in these places — we are aware … [Read more...] about Local charity workers set for ‘risky’ aid trip to Syria