RefuFilms: Faraway Land

A few months ago, Madrid For Refugees hosted a Refufilms event, screening ‘Faraway Land’, a documentary directed by Josepmaria Anglès and Daniel Azpe, and shot in Athens in May 2017. Following the film screening, our very own events coordinator Juanfran convened a discussion between Angles, two refugee workers from Madrid; Jorge Villegas González and Esther Pérez Franco, and the audience, in order to reflect on the film’s content and explore some of the issues in …

Looking back at the first year of Madrid For Refugees

By Christina Samson, President of Madrid For Refugees En español aquí It’s been a year since the big launch meeting for Madrid For Refugees (MFR). Over 80 people filled up a hall in Sol, eager with enthusiasm and big hearts. We’ve come a long way from that moment until now. From an idea that started when I met a remarkable Syrian refugee woman at a meeting, who opened my eyes to the local and global dimensions …

A Syrian Refugee, owner of revered eatery Al-Aga, tells his story

By Daniel Catalan, with contributions from Nanor Demirjian, Bana Shehadeh and Fares Ak Al-Aga, a hole-in-the-wall eatery of traditional cuisine and vendor of products used in Syrian kitchens, is owned by a 54-year old refugee. He requested to be called by his nickname, Abu-Issam, or simply as ‘a man from Syria’. As a man from Syria, he wants to represent his countrymen in a positive way in order to contradict the stereotypical ‘portrayal of Syrians …

¡Donar ahora! MFR colabora con Lighthouse Relief & Dirty Girls of Lesvos Island

Read this in English “Nos alzamos elevando a los demás”. R. Ingersoll Durante los meses de junio y julio, Madrid For Refugees colabora con Lighthouse Relief para la construcción de un campo de Fútbol en campo de refugiados de Ritsona (Grecia) y con las Dirty Girls of Lesvos Island para proporcionar mantas limpias para más de 300 niños, mujeres y hombres en Grecia. Necesitamos urgentemente tu apoyo para recaudar fondos para estas causas, ¡toda ayuda …

Donate now! MFR teams up with Lighthouse Relief & Dirty Girls of Lesvos Island

Read this in Spanish ‘We rise by lifting others’ – R. Ingersoll The daily struggles of people living in refugee camps in Greece is beyond the imagination of most people. Here, the NGO Team at Madrid For Refugees tells you how you can play your part to help. Dignity, respect, comfort. Three things that are so often no longer available to people who find themselves living in refugee camps. Formed as part of the international …

Khaled. One chef’s journey from Syria.

By Felicia Beltran and Jake Threadgould I find myself blurting ‘¡Que suerte!’ at every pause in Khaled’s tale of survival and escape from Syria. To which he replies ‘There is no luck in life. The only luck is that you have a mother.’ Journey Those who have endured unimaginable things perhaps have perspectives unimaginable to our own. For Khaled, his fortune came as a result of hard work, taking chances and the kindness of others. …

Meet the MFR Donations Team!

Read an interview with Georgie Smith and Máiréad McElligott from the Donations Team to learn more about the important role played by this section of Madrid For Refugees. Georgie, from Wales, has been in Madrid since 2014. A passionate volunteer and environmentalist, she works with a number of organisations which help both people and the environment in a variety of ways. She loves going on long walks in the Gower Peninsula in her home town …

What is the refugee situation really like in Spain?

By Joe Gladow ‘Spain: 18 refugees in six months,’ reported El País in early April. ‘Brussels rebukes Spain for failing to take in refugees,’ read a story seven days later. Such have been the headlines in the Spanish media over the past several months. In one sense, they accurately capture the lack of progress in resettling refugees in Europe. They do not, however, tell the whole story of the refugee situation in Spain. Of the …

“Stepping Stones” Photo Exhibition Brings Lesbos to Madrid

By Noah Wanebo Sitting in the Aegean Sea, just six miles from the coast of Turkey, the Greek island of Lesbos has become the epicentre of the current refugee crisis in Europe. Hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers have already streamed across the island throughout the past year, making their way to the European mainland from war-torn Syria and other conflict areas in the Middle East and beyond. Many more now sit stranded in temporary …

Food is Refuge: Project Chefugee

Post by Florence de Vesvrotte, photos by Kelsey Krach, photo captions by Felicia Beltran. Madrid For Refugees’ inaugural Chefugee dinner gathered international guests for a night of authentic Syrian food prepared by refugee chef Khaled Dery. With a background in international development and having recently moved to Madrid from London, one of Europe’s biggest activism hubs, the one thing I had very much on my mind when I arrived was: how can I continue being an activist …