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Donating Blood, Syrian Refugees Give Thanks for New Life in Canada

CALGARY – Dozens of Syrian Muslim refugees have raced to donate blood at the Canadian Blood Services clinic in Eau Claire to express their gratitude for the new life in Canada. “We really wanted to come together across the country as a Syrian community and say in one loud voice that we are here to …

Dreaming in Za`atari: Stories after Syria

Dreaming in Za`atari: Stories after Syria

“I want to write stories about the whole world. Then everyone will know my name.” Seven years after the Syrian crisis first began, Dreaming in Za’atari takes you in to the world of teenagers Mahmoud, Tabarak, and Najat. The film, produced and directed by Contrast VR Editorial Lead, Zahra Rasool, explores the three teenagers’ hopes …

Refugee Children Create Their Own Virtual City

Refugee Children Create Their Own Virtual City

Syrian and Iraqi refugee children are building their own virtual reality city. The workshops are being run in a refugee camp in south-east Turkey, a country that hosts the largest number of refugees worldwide. The Children’s teacher is 16-years old Mohamed Kteish, an aspiring architect. Mohammed Kteish dreamt of becoming an architect as he was …

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Syrian Refugees: Lebanon's Camps Worsen in the Cold

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are more vulnerable than ever, with more than half now living in extreme poverty and over three quarters living below the poverty line – according to the findings of a new survey by UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP. Seven years into the crisis, Syrian refugees in Lebanon are finding it even more …

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Former Refugee Develops Shelter Suits to Survive Freezing Weather

This former refugee has developed an innovative way to help refugees survive freezing winter conditions in Greece. Shasho was once a refugee who endured Europe’s winter. Now he runs his own factory that makes jackets to keep refugees in Lesbos warm. Moria, a Greek refugee camp on Lesbos island, had heavy rain and snow this week. Aid …

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Surviving Winter in Tents - Stand with the Refugees

As you sit in your cozy home, enjoying a cup of hot chocolate in this cold weather, As you plan a hot meal to warm up your family during a cold night, As you put on your new coat, As you sit beside the hearth in your living room, As you make sure the kids …

Elderly Canadian Provides Education for Syrian Refugee Children

Six years of civil war in Syria have devastated millions of lives, including those of children. Moved by their plight, 79-year-old Canadian Martine Stilwell went to Jordan to work with refugee children. Among the challenges faced by the millions of children affected by the conflict is a lack of education. Retired psychiatrist Martine Stilwell decided …

Imam Omar Suleiman in Syria

Imam Omar Suleiman was in a visit to Syria, accompanied by a team from Helping Hand, a relief organization that has been providing humanitarian relief and assistance to the Syrian refugees. The ongoing crisis in Syria is in its 6th year and as a result, 250,000 people have been killed with more than 50% displaced. Of the …



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