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PROGRESS REPORT #2: September ‘17

I kept myself busy the last month and perhaps took on a little too much at once. I spent ten days in Berlin to examine refugee initiatives in Germany’s capital and met with volunteers and refugees. The support for refugees in Berlin is impressive and I was glad to learn about numerous organizations that offerContinue Reading “PROGRESS REPORT #2: September ‘17”

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Young, Hopeless and Tortured – A Paragon of Male Refugee Youth

Amnesty International published a report in 2016 that documented the extent of human rights violations in Syria’s so-called “torture prisons.” On the example of the Saydnaya Prison – where more than 13,000 people have been executed since 2011 – former inmates and guards described their time in the facility that’s run by the Syrian government. Brahim wasContinue Reading “Young, Hopeless and Tortured – A Paragon of Male Refugee Youth”

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Family Separation is a Major Issue in the Resettlement Process

Al-Hasakah is a rural city in the northeast of Syria with a diverse population of Arabs, Assyrians, Armenians and a large Kurdish population. The most recent consensus data from 2004 estimated a population of 251,570 people – nearly 120,000 of those people are displaced today. From a life that cherished family values and a senseContinue Reading “Family Separation is a Major Issue in the Resettlement Process”

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Transforming Misery into Art

On my second day in Athens, I met with my friend Bev from LA. She told me about her Tunisian friend Chokri, she met in the Chios refugee camp last year. Since Tunisia is labeled as a safe country, Chokri is considered an economic refugee and therefore not eligible for asylum or refugee status. Therefore,Continue Reading “Transforming Misery into Art”

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Progress Report #1 – August ’17

I’ve been talking to people all over Europe. From Norway to Italy and everything in between. Everybody seems to know someone who is either a refugee or a volunteer for refugee-aiding initiatives. I collected tons of email addresses and phone numbers, reaching out to everyone without being capable of fully explaining what exactly I want.Continue Reading “Progress Report #1 – August ’17”

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Kitev’s Refugees’ Kitchen

On July 25, I met the directors of Kitev, a cultural exchange initiative located in Oberhausen. Kitev supports an incredible amount of different disciplines to promote cultural exchange in the area, using concepts like art and sustainability. One of its projects is called Refugees’ Kitchen, a food-truck like vehicle that visits local events and invitesContinue Reading “Kitev’s Refugees’ Kitchen”

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Flüchtlingshilfe Willich

A Model of Successful Integration On July 20, I met with Regine Hofmeister, the coordinator of the Flüchtlingshilfe (eng: refugee support) Willich, in the village I grew up in. She invited me to visit the “Moltkedorf,” a refugee camp established in Mai 2016, made from containers. With a capacity of 280 people, the camp hasContinue Reading “Flüchtlingshilfe Willich”