I often wish more refugees would use their voice and speak openly about their difficult and painful experiences and life journey as war refugees. In the last decades only a few refugees amazed me with their stories and talents. One of them is German–Lebanese pop and opera singer and artist Fady Maalouf. He is known as the runner-up of the fifth season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar, the German version of Pop Idol. He has released three albums to date, Blessed (2008), Into the Light (2010) and City of Gold (2012).
This young man literally amazed me with his voice, charisma and life story. If you don’t know his music yet, watch his music videos here or on YouTube and listen to his truly angelic and amazing voice on Spotify. If more refugees would and could find the courage to speak out, more people around the world would understand the dysfunctional refugee policy and rules violating human and children's rights in every level. I wish all war refugees would use their voice and become as strong as the LGBT community and the climate change activist worldwide to stop the bureaucracy madness and allow people to live a happy and peaceful life far away from home and war zones like Lebanon. Lebanon was once called the second Paris of the Middle East until war destroyed lives and the country.
Two explosions ripped through Beirut on 4 August 2020 and killed more than 170 people and injured about 6500 people. Dozens more people remain missing and the death toll continues to rise as search and rescue operations went on. More than 300 000 people are now displaced from their homes amid a severe economic crisis that had pushed many Lebanese and refugees deeper into poverty and an already overwhelmed health system caused by the COVID19 pandemic. Many people are dealing with trauma caused by the explosion and need mental health and psychosocial support. Many have lost loved ones. UNHCR is working with community organizations to provide psychological first aid, help identify the missing, and refer people in need to specialized services, all while delivering aid.
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