Syrian refugee chefs recreate the taste of home in Turkey
ISTANBUL—The Salloura chain sweets shop was a Syrian institution, famous throughout the region for its fluffy cakes, pistachio baklava and rose-water syrup-soaked, fried dough balls.
Today the Salloura family manages the bakery out of a bustling avenue in Istanbul’s historic Fatih district, where traditional eateries have sprouted up in order to offer cheap, filling and nostalgia-inducing food for the more than 300,000 Syrian refugees who have made this city their home in exile.
“These foods help people to feel connected with their homeland, who in Turkey feel lost,” said Mohammad Ayman as he wraps clotted cream filled pastries into to-go packages for Syrian customers. Read more…
New Roots smartphone app aims to help refugees feel at home in Australia
When refugees arrive in Australia, everything is unfamiliar. The people, the language and the weather may all come as a shock, but one thing is probably universal: The smartphone.
Settlement Services International (SSI), an organisation that supports refugees, has worked with mental health initiative Beyondblue, using funds from Movember, to develop an app called New Roots that aims to support male refugees who have received shelter in Australia.
SSI sees hundreds of refugees a year, and the organisation realised there were a number of stress factors people experienced as they got used to a new country, SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis told Mashable Australia. Men were particularly at risk, she said, as they were less likely to seek help for mental health or wellbeing problems than women. Read more…
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei visits Lesbos to create art about refugees
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei wants to raise consciousness about the plight of refugees through his, and his students’, art.
Ai, who has made his name as much through his clashes with Chinese authorities as through his art, has set up a studio on the Greek island of Lesbos, the main point of entry for hundreds of thousands of refugees over the past year
Refugees’ life jackets are transformed into message of peace on Greek island
A bright orange peace sign appeared on a hillside on the Greek island of Lesbos on New Year’s Day, transforming a growing pile of life jackets discarded by refugees arriving on the island into a message to the world.
Dozens of Greenpeace and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) volunteers and local supporters teamed up to create the massive peace sign Friday on a hillside overlooking the small strait between Greece and Turkey that has become a main passageway for those fleeing to Europe
Made up of more than 3,000 life jackets and built by dozens of volunteers, the sign is a way to honor those who have made the journey and to urge peace in the new year, according to Greenpeace. Read more…