This exiled musician is reclaiming the sounds of war-torn Darfur—in the Arctic Circle.
Born in Sudan, Abazar Hamid’s home for the last sixteen months has been Harstad, Norway, nearly two hundred miles above the Arctic Circle. Gone are the dusty deserts of Darfur where he compromised his safety by battling genocide with his music. So too the sticky heat of Egypt, where he lived for six years. This far north during the dead of winter the sun peeks its head above the horizon for just thirty minutes a day. Home now is a city built on frozen fjords surrounded by dark pine forests, the remotest of settings that finally provides safety for Hamid, his wife Nazik, and four children, Maawia, Mohammed, Maryam and Yousif.
Far from home, Hamid is still bringing communities together, one song at a time. “There might be only half an hour of light here in Norway,” he says, “but there is the light of freedom and a warmth of being in a safe place.”
Photography by Douglas Sielski
With a new work due to go on show in Madrid later this year, Doris Salcedo is the latest artist to highlight the refugee crisis and honor the migrants. The Colombian artist’s public art piece will go on show in the Palacio de Cristal in the Parque del Retiro. It will be a part of the Palimpsest series, on from 6th October until 1st April at the venue that is run by the @reinasofiamuseum.⠀
The water piece will cover the Palacio floor with 192 panels, with the water flowing through the tiles by means of a hydraulic system, highlighting the names of the refugees who died trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean sea.⠀ #Madrid#DorisSalcedo#Refugee#Colombian#PalaciodeCristal#ParquedelRetiro#ReinaSofia#Museum#Water#Europe#Mediterranean#artinhand#dauble
Well I went to #jordan on july 30th and what has followed were 10 #days of extreme hustle me and my partner @raneemuq took the #goal to the limit and rushed day and night to set up a #fair#factory#creating#employment for 10 #syrian#refugee#women and jordanian women from deprived communities 9km away from the #syrian#border near a northern #town#called#ramtha . until now we worked in distributed miniworkshops but logistic costs and quality control issues were killing us, so it was time to take this to the next level, centralize the production and set up our own. @fablabirbid@shamalstart are so wonderful to let us use their premises while we are tiny, here is a small photographic insight into our hustle, from machine purchase to set up to first women sewing. we are keen to keep this going and create more #jobs for #women
They enter the hostel of Sant ' Egidio when it's night. They are waiting for their countrymen who have prepared a traditional dinner and decorated the walls with children's drawings. For the three families brought to #Rome by Francesco is ready for a roof after months in the refugee camp of #lesbos.
It is the 12 refugees, six adults and six children, chosen among those with legal documents and arrived on the #Greek island before the agreement between the EU and turkey entered into force. Thank you "The Pope for the opportunity that was given to us with an exciting and hopeful gesture". They say that they paid 3 TO 5 euros for a boat trip that could have become a tragedy and, most of them, hope to reach #Germany and Northern Europe.
They do not know how much they will remain in the structures of the Sant ' Egidio community. " we are guests of Francis: he saved us and gave us back his life ". the pope taking away three families of Syrian refugees from the " Swamp " of the refugee camp of lesbos, where many live in fear of being conducted in turkey against Their will is a disruptive and symbolic gesture. 'three governments, the Italian, the Greek and the Vatican, have examined the cards and it was all in order.' the pontiff is keen to make it clear that taking the refugees is not is. It's mercy.
Testimonials "on the run from the rubble we saw death"
Hasanhasan holds his two-Year-old son. His wife nour looks at stunned Santa Maria in trastevere illuminated by the lights of street artists. "a few hours ago we were in a refugee camp, now we're back to life", In his eyes, he is terrified of the bombing and suffering for having to leave #Damascus, his home, his affections. Memories reopen wounds. " we watched relatives and friends die under the rubble, we fled because in #Syria we saw no more hope - explains -. Risk dying every moment makes and fragile existence, destroys dreams, makes it impossible to imagine a future.
17 August 2017 #PopeFrancis#Refugees