GAMA will be supporting an upcoming benefit auction with proceeds going to art therapy programs for Syrian children in refugee camps and we want for YOU to get involved.
We are asking for artists to donate works for sale by silent auction during a gala event hosted by the Mawada Foundation in Boston on April 15.
All proceeds will be directed to projects in the Za’atari and Azraq camps in Jordan by Artolution, a nonprofit group that conducts art therapy and mural arts workshops worldwide.
We hope you that you will participate in this event – please see details in the link in bio for art submission and note that the deadlines are coming up QUICKLY.
ALL EMAIL ART SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE APRIL 1 AT 12 PM.
For information on submitting your art for the charity auction, click on the link in the bio
So grateful to hear #sudanese#activist Mutasim Ali share a little of his story today at #labshul He comes from the #darfur region of #Sudan and survived #darfur where he was i prisoner three times for #speakingout against the regime. He had to leave his family behind and escape to #egypt. He thought that Israel would understand all that experienced as a #refugee only to be held in a prison for four months He tried to apply for #asylum But was told there was no such thing Because he knew so well that no refugee wants to be #refugee , he participated in a protest that led him to #holot "facility" - prison. He was the first of #sudaneserefugees to be released after a legal battle based on the Israeli Governments delay in examining his #application for asylum. He flew to New York yesterday fully intending to be stopped at immigration but thankfully was not. #mutasimAli is a #kindhearted and #compassionate#blackactivist So grateful to have him bless our community with his presence. #refugeeswelcomehere
Trailer for the feature documentary I'm working on right now - Truus' Children. It about almost unknown war hero Truus Wijsmuller who saved 10.000 kids just before WWII by arranging transport for them to the Netherlands and the UK. The children she saved spread around the world after the war.
We are interviewing the ones that are still alive.
#ACCRA , #Ghana : As desperate #Syrians flee the devastating war in their country, some are finding refuge in sub-Saharan #Africa , including Ghana.
One imam from Aleppo, Abdul Ghani Bandenjki, first visited Ghana in 2006 after being invited to officiate at prayers during the #Ramadan holy month. When fighting broke out in #Syria five years later, Bandenjki decided to return to this West #African nation more than 3,000 miles (4,825 kilometers) away.
Now the 42-year-old tutors #Quranic students outside the capital, Accra. What was once a temporary solution for his family has started to look permanent, though adjusting hasn’t been easy.
“We just want the war to end so that one day we can go back to our country,” Bandenjki said in #Arabic .
As millions fled Syria, his brothers and sisters left for nearby #Turkey and #Lebano n. Other family members scattered across #Europe . His father, however, refused to leave, and he said his mother died of grief three days after a bomb destroyed their family home.
Bandenjki’s journey with his wife and four children has been the longest. He stays in touch with his surviving relations as best as he can.
As more of his countrymen arrived in Ghana, bewildered, he was asked to become the #Syrianrefugee community’s liaison with the local government. There are no firm statistics on the number of #Syrians here, he said, but he believes the figure is close to 1,000.
And it’s not just Ghana. Fleeing Syrians have found refuge in pockets across sub-#SaharanAfrica , even as far as South Africa. An estimated 300 are in #Somalia relatively peaceful breakaway northern territory of #Somaliland .
In contrast to the millions living in camps in Syria’s overwhelmed neighbors, the Syrians here find themselves relatively free.
“I think what makes Ghana different is the fact that we have a very generous asylum policy,” said Tetteh Padi, program coordinator for the Ghana Refugee Board. “They are free to move about. They can go out, look for work. I know for a fact that is not the case in other countries. In some countries, #refugees are not even allowed to leave the #refugee camps.”
Over 130 Syrians so far have been CONTINUE READING
This picture is from a refugee friend of mine. "Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before". Photocredit @abidephotography #refugee#friend