Ep 1: Nemer "Tiger"
In this episode, I talk with Nemer, a Syrian refugee who fled from forced military recruitment in 2011. From volunteering for fellow refugees in Lebanon, to finding a new home in Canada, Nemer tells us his courageous story of resettlement.
"People (in refugee camps), when they see happiness, they run to it."
"There are things people can do that are easy, basic. and powerful."
Ep 2: Dr. Suzan song
In this episode, I talk with humanitarian psychiatrist Suzan Song on her experiences observing and improving the mental health of refugees and refugee children. Dr. Song shares examples of cases she's worked on and provides insight to the psychosocial effects migration and conflict can have.
For Dr. Song's Za'atari assessment, click here.
Ep 3: Lidia soto-harmon
In this episode, I talk with Lidia Soto-Harmon, the CEO of Girl Scouts Nation's Capital, on her family's story as Cuban refugees fleeing political persecution. We discuss Lidia's time growing up in Ecuador and El Salvador and how she learned to "live the hyphen" as a young Cuban-American in the US.
"The u.s. became the shining light on the hill".
"The kids need a chance."
Ep 4: Aliya Abidi
In this episode, I talk with Aliya Abidi, a Deployable Child Protection Specialist at Plan International, about refugees in the European context through her work across the Mediterranean region. Additionally, we discuss how Covid-19 has impacted the refugee community and what we can learn from it.
Ep 5: alain tenta
In this episode, I talk with Alain Tenta, a Congolese refugee and the founder of Dzaleka Refugee Camp's first intercultural youth center, Salama Africa. We discuss Alain's experience witnessing violence in his home town, being threatened by human smugglers at the Tanzania-Malawi border, and spending over a decade of his youth in Dzaleka.
For more on Salama Africa, click here.