Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Syria is a secular country. Can you explain what this means to a non-Syrian? If anyone visited Syria, they could see with their own eyes the freedom of belief, the different nationalities, the respect for everyone and the equality of men and women in all fields of life. What does the concept of personal freedom mean to you? Personal freedom means respecting...
Days full of music and joy I came to Australia with my family in March 2015, so I have been here for two years. We are sorry that we had to come here as refugees, but we feel very lucky to be able to come here.  We are really grateful to the people of Australia for accepting us and...
One must work long and hard to arrive at the truthful. What I want and set as my goal is damned difficult, and yet I don’t believe I’m aiming too high. I want to make drawings that move some people … Whether in figures or in landscapes, I would like to express not something sentimentally melancholic but deep sorrow....

Syrian School Episode

Five-part series following a year in the life of four schools in Damascus, a high pressure crossroads in the Middle East. It concentrates on some remarkable characters finding their way in a country that has never before opened ordinary life up to the cameras in this way, challenges the usual cliches of Arab life and charts the highs and lows...

Life and Devotion

Article by Lisa Accadia, AMES Australia We recently sat down to interview Bushra, a Syrian who arrived in Australia toward the end of 2016. Bushra spoke generously to us about her life, culture, and faith. What we discovered was a warm-hearted woman whose love for life and good humour was not foreign. We hope that her approach to life and...
- By Ninos Sawa LEAVING BEHIND It’s a sad feeling when you leave your home. I have left my home only physically. My heart and mind are still in Syria. I miss my college, friends, and the house I grew up in. I hope it hasn’t been destroyed or bombed. I don’t have any information about it now. THE REFUGEE EXPERIENCE Refugees need to...

LENA CHAMAMYAN

Lena is an Armenian Syrian singer, composer and musician. Described as a Syrian ambassador spreading the jasmine voice of Damascus, she has performed in Germany, England, Sweden, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Russia, as well as her home country of Syria. She sings mainly in Arabic and Armenian, but also in Syriac, English, French and Italian. Lena graduated from Damascus University in...
How do you recognize that someone is Syrian?  Are there any common characteristics? Syrians are distinguished for being kind to everyone, even to strangers. For example, a Syrian would rush to give a helping hand to a blind person to cross the street. Another instance, a Syrian would immediately help an old person carrying heavy things into his/her house. A...
What dreams or ambitions did you have in the past?  And now? In the past I had an ambition to become a schoolteacher to participate in preparing a Syrian generation that is aware and cultured. However, my ambition has grown now and I want to become a university professor and a professional tour guide. How do you recognize that someone is...
What makes you proud to be Syrian? I’m proud to be Syrian because Syria has been always an important country since the beginning of humanity. Syria is a secular country. Can you explain what this means to a non-Syrian? As a Christian, I can say that in Syria I lived the same life I’m living in Italy and I had the same freedom. In...