Malala Yousafzai wrote an essay for The Telegraph, and talked about launching a new campaign entitled #BooksNotBullets, in an attempt to promote education and equal living around the world. Still completely humble, when confronted with the notion of being special she was confused.’ Am I unique because I’m a girl who was stopped from getting an education? Because that is also true for over 60 million other girls around the world.’ She spoke about the importance of unity, and how powerful people can be when united. In reference to the millions of Syrian refugees without education, she explained that ‘being a refugee is no excuse to learn less. On the contrary, it is a motivation to learn more. Their situation could not, and should not, be an excuse for them to receive less than their right — a quality primary and secondary education.’ She urged ‘world leaders to choose books over bullets,’ and explained that every girl can be reached with the power of education. Malala turned 18 years old just last month.
You can read the full article here.
Young Somali Children living in a Refugee camp in Kenya write letters of hope to refugee children in Syria. “Be the stars and the new presidents,” said one young Somali boy in his letter. They offer encouragement, advice, and urge them to do everything they can to get an education and keep learning. Read the article and their letters here.
Syrian children living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan give their perspective on the things that have happened and difficulties they’ve faced. They dream of going back to Syria and becoming anything from a doctor to a lawyer who protects human rights. Watch the full video here.
So far in 2014, more than 9,000 child refugees have arrived in Italy from Syria, by themselves. Many of the thousands of unaccompanied minors are under five years old. These children face danger, violence, or exploitation. Save the Children said that after arriving, many Syrian refugee children are “dropping off the radar,” therefore being exposed to risk. Read the full article at World Bulletin here.
Around 3 million Syrian children have been displaced by war. They’ve had to suffer through their houses being bombed, not being able to attend school because of war, being separated from or losing family members, and having to leave Syria. Children as young as 2 and up to 14 share their aspirations, desires, hopes, and stories about what they’ve experienced.
See the photos and article from NBC here.
Popular Brazilian performer Nanny Assis has written and performed an original song for Palmyra Relief. The song is called “Sahdonee” (Help Me, in Arabic. ) He debuted the song at famed jazz club Ronnie Scott’s in London, on 10 April 2014.
Sahdonee was written as a tribute to the children of Syria who have been wounded in the war, and the song has been dedicated to Palmyra Relief and its efforts to help provide prosthetic limbs and rehabilitation to Syrian children.
Here is a video of Nanny Assis performing Sahdonee, along with the song’s lyrics.
On Sunday, 13 April, we held the launch event for Palmyra Relief, at AlWaha Restaurant in London. We were pleased to have as special guests Palmyra Relief Patrons Alan Rickman and Rima Horton. Here are a few photos from the event.
During the event, Brazilian-Lebanese performer Nanny Assis performed a new song he wrote for Palmyra Relief, called “Sahdonee” (Help Me).
Maria Decker, Palmyra Relief Board member Franca Fiabane, and Palmyra Patrons Alan Rickman and Rima Horton
Palmyra Relief Founder Mohammed Antabli, and performer Nanny Assis
Crafts and artwork created by Syrian refugees were displayed