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Everyday, day in and day out, people land on this blog having searched the phrase “What do Syrian Refugees Eat?” This is a bit puzzling to me, because I’ve barely posted on this topic at all, only occasionally to fundraise for Calais Kitchens and Refugee Community Kitchen.

But I’ve long felt I should lead seekers somewhere good, and at last I’ve learned of “Savoring Syria”

a project dedicated to telling the stories of Syrians and Syria through the lens of food. The conflict in Syria has led to the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. From the yearning for a taste of home to the efforts to preserve intangible yet crucial cultural heritage, these stories access the Syrian diaspora through the universal language of food.

Have a look! It’s full of great stories and recipes and might answer some of the questions you are seeking.  There are still many other kinds of stories that need to be told, but I’m looking forward to watching this project grow.

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AIRDROP AID TO SYRIA NOW.

IF WE CAN DROP BOMBS, WE CAN DROP BREAD.

Please sign and share this petition from the Syria Campaign.  It cannot hurt to sign; maybe it can help.

 

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A demonstration on 29 January at the UN Peace Talk in Geneva… Photo taken from PlanetSyria Facebook page

I wanted to share this protest, which I read about on Facebook.  Planet Syria wrote:

Syrian activists and solidarity groups are launching a Siege Soup Kitchen for delegates of the peace talks in Geneva. We invite delegates to give up their fancy lunch and come taste for themselves the dishes Syrians under siege are cooking right now to stay alive. Our specialties will be “herb soup” and “leaf soup”. Our servers President Obama and President Putin.

On the menu today:
– Green soup
– Spicy leaf soup
– Grass & leaf soup

One million people are under siege in Syria, deprived of food and medical care. They are forced to be creative in order to survive.

We need to see real action. A solution for Syria does not begin in Geneva. It begins in Madaya, Moadamiyeh, Daraya, Homs, Deir Ezzor, Aleppo… It begins when world leaders are serious about stopping war crimes and protecting civilians.

More brilliant food-themed activism like these films.  What can I do with my profound belief in non-violence if not support the creative and incessant work by the people and activists most effected by the violence of this war? Best wishes to them, and really hoping something beneficial comes out of the Peace Talks.  If you are a person for whom prayer is meaningful, do it!

 

“From the Planet of Syria we tried to send you our human voices, but they were not heard enough. Today we are sending a message by animals that they may find a listening ear.”

Sorry to visitors interested just in beautiful pictures of beautiful food- you won’t find them here today.  Instead, here’s a chilling little picture of the terrible desperation of war and starvation. I have never seen anything like these short films before.  Brace yourself and share them.

One is thankful not to get frequent opportunity to glimpse humour that emerges around fear of starvation; nevertheless these are quite brilliant ways to get a strong message out.

They came to me via Planet Syria, a campaigning group of non-violent Syrian activists seeking to engage the world in solutions to violence and extremism. The smallest gesture is to stand in international solidarity with people under siege.

Here’s the Lebanese food writer Barbara Massaad.  She has collected recipes to make a book called Soup for Syria, proceeds from which, if all goes well, will support a community kitchen for Syrian women refugees. I gave a small amount. If you can, please do too, or just spread the word.

http://www.zoomaal.com/projects/soupforsyria?ref=3546500

And this is an informative and evocative piece on eating in exile.

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