Celebrating Syrian Refugees in Britain


Celebrating Syrian Refugees in Britain ( English title )


In the week of the 6th anniversary of the Syrian Revolution, join us to celebrate the contribution of Syrian refugees in Britain. Come hear the personal success stories of Syrian refugees now settled in the UK and also hear from organisations who work with refugees on the challenges refugees face. Spend an evening with us, and open your mind and hearts to the stories of Syrian refugees. Speakers: Ahmad Al-Rashid: Ahmad is from Syria, he was born in Aleppo. He studied English language and literature before fleeing the country due to the conflict to the Kurdistan region of Iraq. While in Northern Iraq, Ahmad worked as a volunteer teacher, teaching English in some of the refugee camps where Syrians were taking refuge. Later on, he joined the UN to work for both the Syrian refugee response and the Iraqi displaced people response after Mosul fell to ISIS. Ahmad had to flee Iraq as well due to the security situation and moved to the UK in July, 2015 taking the horrendous journey from the Middle East. He was granted asylum in the UK recently. Since his arrival, Ahmad has been working with various groups grassroots and volunteers advocating for refugee rights and child refugees. Currently, Ahmad is studying MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development at the University of London. Thaer Batal: Thaer is a Syrian refugee, originally from Idlib. He fled Syria after his home was bombed and he arrived in the UK last year after spending months the camp in Calais. He is currently studying computer networks and communications at the University of Westminster. You might know Thaer from the BBC documentary “Refugee Diaries” that follows his journey settling into the UK since his arrival. Reem Assil: Reem was born in London, raised and educated in Damascus where she had her master’s degree in Biotechnology. She worked as a university lecturer in the university of Damascus and the University of Qalamoon in Syria. Reem had been working on her PhD degree in Immunology from 2009 to 2012 before her PhD was terminated due to some complications after the start of the Syrian uprising. She is now preparing her second PhD in religious studies and peacebuilding with the Centre of Religions for reconciliation and peace at the University of Winchester /UK. Reem, as an activist, was held for questioning twice in Damascus airport by the notorious Air Force Intelligence Branch and was kept for interrogation in the State Security Branch on account of her support and activism within the Syrian people’s uprising. As a result, she was banned from travelling, then when the ban was lifted in July 2011, she left the country and has been living in exile since. Over the last six years, Reem's activism ranged from media and citizen journalism, human rights, civil society research, all the way long to peace building. She is a founding member of the Syrian Nonviolence Movement and was the head of its Media department. She is also a co-founder and co-manager of the Free Syrian Translators, and her most recent engagement has been with the Syrian Platform for Peace-UK in collaboration with International Alert, which she has been chairing for the last two years. Dr Aula Abbara: Dr Abbara is a Clinical Infectious Diseases Research Fellow at Imperial College and has been on the steering committee of the Syrian Public Health Network since its inception. She has worked with the Syrian American Medical Society since 2013 on various projects in Turkey and Jordan including infectious diseases, teaching and training. She is the Project Lead for their Response in Nothern Greece. Other humanitarian work includes work on the Thailand-Burma border, refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria (pre-conflict) and in Sierra Leone with MDM for the ebola response. Tim Finch: Tim Finch is the founding director of the migration and refugee communications agency, IMiX. He helped run the National Refugee Welcome Board in 2015 and 2016 and helped to initiate the Community Sponsorship of refugees scheme. He was head of migration research and director of communications at the think tank IPPR from 2008 to 2014 and director of communications at the Refugee Council from 2004 and 2008. He is founding chair of the migration and arts charity, Counterpoints Arts, and is a former chair of Refugee Week. His novel, on a refugee theme, The House of Journalists was published in 2013. Recently he has been working with the internationally acclaimed artist and activist Ai Weiwei on a major documentary feature film, The Human Flow, The film will be released in the autumn of 2017. Stephen Hale OBE: Stephen is the Chief Executive of Refugee Action, a national charity that supports asylum seekers and refugees to rebuild their lives in the UK. Prior to joining Refugee Action Stephen was Deputy Advocacy and Campaigns Director at Oxfam International from 2010-15, with responsibility for Oxfam’s global campaigns and advocacy. Stephen was Director of the UK charity Green Alliance from 2006-10, and prior to that a special advisor to government ministers, focusing on climate change. Stephen was a trustee of Christian Aid from 2007-10. Stephen is currently also a trustee of Friends of the Earth, and a family grant-making foundation. The event will take place between 7-9 PM at University College London, in Anatomy G29 J Z Young LT. The room is located in Anatomy Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT (Map: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps/jz-young-lt). Please reserve your free ticket through Eventbrite. This event is part of Syria Freedom Week to mark the 6th Anniversary of the Syrian Revolution. Other events scheduled for the week include: Syria Freedom Dinner - Saturday March 11th @ Nadi Park Royal 3-8 PM - https://www.facebook.com/events/664361213735324/ White Helmets Documentary Screening- Wednesday March 15th @ University of the Arts, 272 High Holborn, Room G05, 7-9 PM - https://www.facebook.com/events/586871338178274/ Witnesses to War Crimes in Syria - Thursday March 16th @ UCL, Cruciform Building B404 - LT2, 7-9 PM - https://www.facebook.com/events/1828974753989892/ 6th Anniversary March - Saturday March 18th from Marble Arch @ 12:30 PM - https://www.facebook.com/events/1791242441127497/

Keywords: narratives, Britain, UK, Refugees, Syria
Language: English


Start date: 13-03-2017 19:00
End date: 13-03-2017 21:00


Country: United Kingdom
City: London
Address: University College London Anatomy Building, Room: G29 J Z Young LT Gower Street London WC1E 6BT United Kingdom


Organiser: Syria Solidarity Campaign
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