Adam talks to Syrian refugee Hassan Akkad about why and how he came to leave Damascus and make the dangerous journey to Europe as an illegal immigrant. Information about the ‘TimePeace’ - a mobile app, which will connect asylum seekers and locals, to meet and share for free their skills, passions and interests, here: https://www.timepeaceapp.org/ Thanks to Seamus Murphy Mitchell for production support and Matt Lamont for additional editing. Music & jingles by Adam Buxton
This was a wonderfully divergent episode from the normal vibe of this podcast, and I am thankful I had tbe opportunity to listen to Hassan’s story. I hope that his raw, thought provoking portrayal of his journey not only opens eyes to what conditions refugees suffer, but in a broader sense, reveal relatable similarities and create connections across cultural and religious divides. I advise one not to listen while grocery shopping unless you’re a fan of weeping into the root vegetable bin.
Ps. I enjoy the “regular” vibe of this podcast, and it is not my intention to imply otherwise.
A note about Comments
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I wanted to let you know that comments have been disabled on the blog and the app for the time being. This is not because of anyone posting anything abusive or anything like that, but just because I seldom get round to moderating the stuff that comes in as promptly as I should, and rather than irritate people who don’t understand why their comment hasn’t been posted, I think it’s easier if I just switch them off. Sorry about that, but time is scarce and I’m disappointed to discover I can’t do everything! And if you’re one of the people who submitted a comment and it hasn’t been posted - sincere apologies.