The ministers agreed to boost cooperation in their efforts to facilitate the return of Syrian refugees home, a process that is quite complicated amid the coronavirus pandemic and economic difficulties that both Syria and Lebanon are experiencing. Both ministers called on international organizations not to create obstacles for the return of Syrians home. © AP Photo / Syrian Presidency Facebook Bashar al-Assad: Western Sanctions Create 'Big Obstacles' for Return of Refugees to Syria Lebanon is home to some 1.5 million Syrian refugees, most of whom live in camps in the Beqaa Valley and the Akkar region in the country's north. According to the United Nations, the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon living below the poverty line increased from 55 percent in 2019 to 89 percent in 2020. The Lebanese authorities have repeatedly urged the international community to facilitate dignified repatriation of Syrians. Damascus, with Russia's support, hosted the first … [Read more...] about Syria, Lebanon Agree to Boost Cooperation in Getting Syrian Refugees Back Home – Reports
BEIRUT — There is almost nothing Raquel Barrion doesn’t know about the two Lebanese children she has looked after since they were babies. But one day, the Filipina domestic worker decided to find out how much they knew about her. Barrion, 39, was pleasantly surprised when – by means of a light-hearted quiz game – one of them got her birthday right and both knew her favorite color as well as he best-loved food. Many families across the Middle East and beyond might struggle to answer such questions about the live-in workers who cook for them, clean, and care for their children. The quiz game is one of many upbeat experiences recounted by Barrion on video sharing app TikTok as a way to tell the rarely heard stories of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, where an economic crisis and COVID-19 have highlighted cases of abuse. By posting daily videos, which have garnered more than 600,000 likes in a year, Barrion said she hoped to give a voice to Lebanon’s often-neglected domestic … [Read more...] about Filipino domestic worker shows the positives of life in Lebanon using TikTok
Steve Jobs is well known as an arch innovator from California’s Silicon Valley – founding Apple Computer, NeXt and Pixar, and helping to bring to the world the personal computer, Mac, iPhone and iPad, as well as movies such as Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Less well known is the fact that while Steve Jobs was born in California he was actually adopted, and his biological father was a political migrant from the Syrian city of Homs, now devastated by the civil war in Syria. On Twitter this fact has now gone viral, starting via a tweet by David Galbraith , and further exposed by the BBC World Service's Outside Source programme . It remains a powerful statement, especially following the ISIS atrocities in Syria, Iraq, Egypt and now with Donald Trump's indefinite ban of Syrian refugees. While some people are horrified at the numbers fleeing Syria, and worry about the consequences of other countries taking on millions of refugees, many have pointed out that previous Syrian migrants … [Read more...] about Who is Steve Jobs’ Syrian immigrant father, Abdul Fattah Jandali?
Kindly Share This Story: Jels J. Rue known professionally as Jels Quiah was born on September 18, 1993 in Monrovia, during the Liberian war and the only child of a single mother. He is a singer, songwriter and RnB artiste. When Jels and his mother came to the U.S. it was as refugees escaping the Liberian civil war. Our reporter had the chance to chat with him about life in the US after experiencing the civil war, his musical career and life. Below is what he had to say. What is your full name? Jels J. Rue Who is Jels Quiah? Jels Quiah, is a singer, songwriter, actor, entrepreneur and a person that wants to share love and peace in the world with my music. Where are you from? Monrovia, Liberia but I now live in the US. You have come a long way in the industry with your music. You are rated as one of the artistes to watch out for in Liberia. How do you handle the pressure? As for me there is no pressure when it means I get to pave … [Read more...] about 2021: I’m coming out with more hit songs – Jels Quiah
CONNECTICUT: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) urged Ethiopia’s leader to allow an international investigation and called for Eritrean troops to leave after allegations of a massacre. In a phone call with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Blinken “asked that the government of Ethiopia work with the international community to facilitate independent, international and credible investigations into reported human rights abuses and violations and to hold those responsible accountable,” the State Department said. Blinken said there were a “growing number of credible reports of atrocities and human rights violations and abuses.” Amnesty International last week alleged that Eritrean soldiers fighting in the northern Tigray region had killed hundreds of people in November in what the rights group described as a likely crime against humanity. The top United States diplomat “urged the Ethiopian government to take immediate, concrete steps to protect … [Read more...] about US wants Ethiopia massacre probed