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?
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A mum and daughter running duo have been encouraging each other in the training for their first half marathon together, hoping to raise lots of money for refugee children. Tiki Hills, a childminder from Littlehampton, won a place at the San Francisco Half Marathon last year and persuaded her mum, Michele Smith, to go on the training journey with her and take part in the Chichester Half Marathon 2017.They are both signed up to this year’s Chichester Half Marathon on Sunday, October 7, raising money for Children on the Edge, a charity working with Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh.Michele said: “It gives me something to race for. I don’t mind running but this just gives me something extra to keep me going. It’s helping children and if we don’t support children then what are we even doing?”Tiki and Michele have already met their £100 fundraising target by doing a raffle and a coffee morning.The mum and … [Read more...] about Mum and daughter training for Chichester Half Marathon to support refugee children
Magician Dynamo has said a trip to a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon put his health battle, which has affected his ability to perform tricks, into perspective for him. The performer recently revealed he has been suffering for the last eight months, after being hospitalised due to a bout of food poisoning combined with his Crohn's disease, and that he also developed arthritis as a side effect. He has now described how he is working with a charity to get half a million Syrian refugee children into education, and that he is keen to focus on helping others rather than his own problems. Dynamo told BBC Breakfast: "I wasn't able to perform much magic because of my illness so it allowed me to go out there and take a bit of time, do something to help other people and really focus my mind on not thinking about my illness and thinking about helping other people. "Being out there, it really put into perspective what Syrian children and what Syrian families (are) having to go through. "Makes my … [Read more...] about Magician Dynamo pledges to help Syrian refugee children
The majority of young Syrian refugees in the UK are either in work or studying, new research shows, quashing any claims that many are reluctant to work, and take advantage of social welfare benefits. A study carried out among the 7,300 Syrian refugees who have resettled in the UK since 2015 reveals that around two-thirds of those aged 18 to 32 are either in employment or engaged in study at university or college. The research, conducted by academics from the University of Glasgow, shows that more than one in four (27 per cent) had jobs and over a third (36 per cent) were students. Read more Syrian family talk about life in Birmingham two years after arriving 8,000 Syrian refugees come to UK under plans to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugee graduates as doctor after 10 years Syrian family left homeless after council refuses emergency housing One in five (19 per cent) meanwhile said they were unemployed and searching for a job, with 55 per cent saying that their main barrier to … [Read more...] about Majority of young Syrian refugees are in work or studying, research shows
0 Post a comment Sunday, 8 April 2018 - Local People HASLEMERE will shortly welcome its second Syrian refugee family to the town, as part of an initiative co-ordinated by Guildford Diocese. Haslemere Mayor Malcolm Carter said: “We are delighted to be welcoming our second Syrian refugee family in the next few weeks.“The first family are still settling in, and at a recent meeting of interested organisations and local residents, was encouraged to join the local community support group.“This group is split into committed volunteers who stand alongside the families and assist them in their integration, while the second group are ‘befrienders’, who come alongside and help with simple needs, from shopping, to walking to school with the family.“I am sure that these people who have suffered much will find Haslemere a welcoming town.”Jo Cookes, director of the Diocese of Guildford’s communities engagement team, told The Herald:“Our … [Read more...] about Town set to receive second Syrian refugee family