A 45-year-old Greek fisherman, Kostas Pinteris, has saved Syrian refugees in the sea. Many of them traveled on the Mediterranean Sea towards Lesbos, Greece for safety. When there were too many refugees in the sea, European coastguards asked fishermen to find sinking boats with refugees and wait for the coastguard boats to save them. Soon, Lesbos became an international rescue center headed by these fishermen. "I didn't carry any nets on the boat during the peak time of the migration crisis," says Pinteris. "I had to put people on the boat. I can't say I'm a hero because I helped save people. I simply extended my hand. They also have a right to live. But I'm more sad for the young children. They can't understand what's going on. At least the grown-ups choose to make the crossing, but not these young children."
Like many others in his country and around the world in a similar situation, Pinteris first saw this crisis as an invasion. However, he now knows that these women and children are just trying to survive, so he wants to help them. And many people also have changed their opinion about refugees. "After having experienced what we have this year, with women and children in the water screaming for help, many people's world views have changed," Pinteris says."We never know what the day will be like. It's really difficult. There's a lot of stress. When you're the only fisherman around and there are people in the water everywhere around you, you panic," he says.
to read more click the link below: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/08/greece-fishermen-lesbos-saving-refugee-lives-160804091028172.html
The role of the Community Organizer is to promote community engagement, leadership development, partnership/alliance building, and development of new and relevant member led campaigns. The Community Organizer is responsible for: mobilizing WEE participants, conduct outreach to Revere residents, coordinate neighborhood events, and liaise with community-based groups as well as connecting with the full diversity of Revere. The Community Organizer will think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting our community. You are accountable to promote information exchange and opportunities with the women of WEE and provide thorough verbal and written reports to the WEE Program Director and Board of Directors.
Many people in this country have served and lost their lives to defend the principles this country was founded upon. Captain Humayan Khan was a supporter of many ideals we consider American in their essences. Certain comments made about him, his family, and other Americans who share similar identifies based upon their religious and ethnic backgrounds go against this country’s principles. Not respecting Captain Khan and his contribution to this society is un-American; not being kind to people of all faiths, ethnic and cultural identities who share the same wishes we all have to prosper in peaceful co-existence and neighborly affection is also un-American. Below are “10 things you need to know about Humayun Khan” and his service to the United States of America.
This year for the first time of the Olympic game’s History, a Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) is going to compete. In this new season of the Olympic game in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil which starts on August 5th. This team is made by 10 members; 2 swimmers from Syria, 2 judo fighters from Democratic Republic of Congo, 5 runners from South Sudan and a marathon runner from Ethiopia. They are very motivated, but for the coach Geraldo Bernardes they’ve already won because getting to Rio is already a great thing for each team member; "People ask if they can win a medal. I say they have already won their medals just by getting to Rio,”. Yolande Mabika, one of the judo fighters from Congo said “everybody in the world talks about the refugees having no major importance,” the ROT is “going to show that the refugee is capable of doing everything that other people around the world do.''
To read more, visit https://www.rt.com/sport/354081-refugee-olympic-team-rio/
Today, many refugees in the world are seeking for asylum. Those who have reached the UK, receive support from the British government. But this help can’t be given if the state refuses the declaration for asylum. In this situation, those refugees become homeless. As a result, the “Hosting” movement looks for people who agree to offer shelter to those homeless refugees, and welcome them into their house. This experience brought many good things to the refugee and also to the host.
Vahe was a human rights journalist in Armenia. His work challenged governmental corruption which he says made him the target of state authorities who arrested and imprisoned him many times in Armenia. He says that he was finally threatened and told that he had 48 hours to leave the country. Vahe ended up living with Donna William in England. He said : "I felt like I had come to a second home when I met Donna. She has been like a ray of sunshine for me that is helping me to grow again and have some hope back in my life. I had lost more than 16 kilos since I had been in the UK but at last I -am eating, sleeping and getting healthy again.” Reflecting on her experience with Vahe, Donna said: "Watching Vahe flourish and develop has been the best thing about this experience. I can see his confidence growing all the time. He has to keep himself busy because of what he has experienced, to keep himself active and to keep his mind occupied. It has not been easy for him.
In an other case, Arnold went to Nigeria to study law where he was arrested for writing an article in a student newspaper exposing corruption in the Nigerian government. "It was a bad time for me and I had a horrible feeling of being 'wanted'. I stayed with friends for a while but eventually became homeless and for many years I was sleeping in the streets or in hostels when I could find a bed... For a while, I was sleeping underneath some stairs near the offices of the Refugee Council in London. One day I was invited inside the offices and I told them my story.”
Kajsa Soderlund, Arnold's host, claims "After hearing this speech I contacted Refugees at Home, the organization that had found the speaker a place to live, and I registered to become a host. The organization told me about Arnold and we met for coffee to get to know each other. We got on well straight away and in the last week in February he moved in to my house. Arnold is such an inspiring person. I have learned a lot about African culture and history, and about the slave trade which I knew little about previously. I am an immigrant myself. I was born in Sweden but as an EU citizen I can move freely. It's so unfair that I have these rights but Arnold doesn't. It shows how unfair the world is when things are based on where we happened to be born - the 'accident of nationality' - over which we have no control. We are all people who are just trying to live a decent and safe life."
If you want a know more about it, and read more testimonies, you can visit this website!
On June 14th we went to the Burgess Urban Fund. "A night of witness, worship, and celebration". On this night, we celebrated the movement leadership across generations and welcomed the new Executive Director, Reverend Arrington Chambliss. click the link below to know more about it: http://www.episcopalcitymission.org/service-of-witness/?doing_wp_cron=1469109038.6034560203552246093750
Friday, 15th of July, WEE organized a lunch with the mamas and their children. Each one brought several foods from their country. Some dishes they prepared were rice, chicken and spicy spaghetti from Lebanon, bastilla from Morocco, tortillas from Mexico and cakes. After eating, we listened and danced with Moroccan and Libyan music. We all had a great time, and learned about each other. We hope we'll have another time together!
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