Tag Archives: Syria

AN UPDATE ON OMAR AND SAAD

July 28, 2017

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Omar and Saad Al Kassab were originally profiled on Banyule 100 early in 2016. You can read their story here. So much has happened since that original email so we thought it was time for an update. Omar and Saad  are brothers from Homs, the third largest city in Syria. According to Omar, they come […]

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HOW CAN YOU HELP THE REFUGEE CRISIS?

July 13, 2016

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There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Seriously – not one. The Banyule Council was lucky enough to host a talk by Omar Al-Kassab, a young Syrian refugee who now lives in Melbourne. Omar has become an advocate for refugees and, in collaboration with the Banyule Youth Services, has been visiting schools to share his […]

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BANYULE 100 – OMAR AND SAAD

February 20, 2016

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Omar and Saad are not just Syrian Refugees. They are also not just numbers, statistics or policy dilemmas. Saad is quick to laugh with an infectious cheeky grin. He is warm, polite and wickedly intelligent. When Omar is speaking, he becomes animated with enthusiasm and eagerly asks for my opinions. When I ask both a […]

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CRASH COURSE ON SYRIA

December 11, 2013

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“It’s not goodies versus baddies, it’s baddies vs. baddies.” – Tony Abbott, August 2013. Apparently, Tony Abbott thinks that his explanation of the Syrian civil war is enough for the Australian public. And while he’s right in saying that there is no clear cut “good guy” in the Syrian civil war, since both sides have […]

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