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Some years ago, two Palestinian-Syrian men – Salah from Damascus and Abu Nidal from Homs – met for the first time in Turkey after both had escaped the war in Syria to save their families. Ever since that chance meeting the two families have been inseparable.
Like many young African men, Abdoulie was dreaming of going to Europe and finding a job that would help him to provide a better life for his wife and four children.
Ahlem Özdemir is a talented seamstress living in the multicultural community of Moerwijk, a diverse neighbourhood near The Hague, Netherlands. For the past 10 years, she has spent two days a week teaching migrant women how to make and alter clothes. Last year, she won the ‘Hero of The Hague’ award in the Culture category for her work.
After a year living at Nea Kavala camp, that was all the time Saleh had to throw everything into a bag and give hugs and goodbyes to his friends and fellow Hellenic Red Cross volunteers before rushing off to catch the bus.
(External link) They say they ran from murder and persecution. They’ve ended up in mud huts on the Bay of Bengal. And with the torrential rains of the monsoon season approaching, along with the threat of cyclones and floods, the fate of tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh looks as precarious as their makeshift shelters.