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TOP 10: Teen Who Fled Syria Had High Hopes for Her Life in Lebanon

Syrian Teen Refugee Fatmeh/Photo: Dalia Khamissy for NPR

Teen Who Fled Syria Had High Hopes for Her Life in Lebanon: #15Girls: Beaubien/Davis–npr.org–10/21/15–Photo: Dalia Khamissy for NPR

Photographer-Chef Barbara Massaad Brings Lifesaving Soup To Syrian Refugees

Barbara Massaad, author Soup for Syria at refugee camp Bekaa Valley

Barbara Massaad at a Bekaa refugee camp in Lebanon

By Pamela Burke/Oct. 6, 2015
Photos Courtesy Barbara Massaad

When you see photos of the refugees streaming out of Syria, you wonder how these people can endure the journey to another country, how they can find food and safe shelter for their families. They seem to be facing impossible odds.

If not for humanitarians like Barbara Abdeni Massaad (@BarbaraMassaad), who is reaching out to these nomads with her “Soup for Syria” project, their struggle to survive would be an even greater challenge.

“I went to visit the refugee camp, not really knowing what to expect or what one could do to help. But my visit brought me closer to the problem and inspired me to find a way to ease someone’s pain.” Barbara Massaad

We met Barbara through our TWE pal Beth Howard, AKA The Pie Lady and author of Ms. American Pie. Beth recently travelled the world promoting cultural tolerance with her one-of-a-kind pies and outreach. She met Barbara in Lebanon and told us about her special “Soup for Syria” cause and cookbook.

When we heard about Barbara’s passion to help refugees, we wanted to spread her message on TWE. Thanks, Beth, for the introduction.  And now we want to introduce you to photographer-chef Barbara Massaad in Beirut, Lebanon…   [Read more…]

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TOP 10: Kayla Mueller: US Aid Worker ‘Dedicated’ to Syrian Refugees

Kayla Mueller/US Aid Worker hostage/Photo; Daily Courier, Prescott AZ

Kayla Mueller: US Aid Worker ‘Dedicated’ to Syrian Refugees: bbc.com–2/7/15–Photo: Daily Courier, Prescott AZ

TOP 10: A New Level of Refugee Suffering

Illust. of Refugee Suffering by Ruth Gwily/NY Times

A New Level of Refugee Suffering; Angelina Jolie–nytimes.com–1/28/15–Illust.: Ruth Gwily

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Mimo Khair’s Poignant Photo of Young Syrian Refugee

Photo of Syrian Refugee by Mimo Khair Featured on Flickr Series

Lebanese Photographer Mimo Khair was moved to shoot this picture of Reem,
a 9-year-old Syrian refugee, when she noticed the message “I love you”
written on her hand in both English and Arabic.

The young girl with the striking green eyes was living in a camp
in northern Lebanon when the photo was taken in July, 2013.

  Mimo Khair photograph of Syrian girl

Mimo learned that Reem lost both her parents and her whole family
and was struck by “how she could stand there, her eyes shining, and think of love.”

You can see more of Mimo’s photos in the episode of The Weekly Flickr blog,
“Moments of Emotion from Around the World.”

Our TWE interview with Mimo is currently posted.

Photo: Mimo Khair

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