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An AUB professor is challenging xenophobia against Syrians with facts

In a bid to counter the current negative perceptions on the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, Dr. Nasser Yassin, Director of Research at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, and professor of policy and planning at the faculty of Health Sciences (American University of Beirut), decided to launch a powerful series on Twitter.

Titled "fact of the day," the thread aims to create a more nuanced debate on the issue by challenging false perceptions with facts and evidence.

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First stakeholder focus group discussions in Amman, Ankara and Beirut were completed between January 17 and February 3, 2017. Representatives from UN agencies as well as other international and national agencies gave up their valuable time to attend and share their expert opinions and knowledge to help the research team to develop a healthier and improved research methodology and sampling strategy that will positively impact upon the project’s developments. These contributions will enable the research team to capture comprehensive and meaningful results that can benefit practitioners, policy makers and researchers engaging with refugee in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey and elsewhere. We are now preparing for the data collection with the Iraqi, Palestinian and Syrian refugee women living in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, and operating enterprises that they established at least three years ago. If you would like to direct us towards such entrepreneurs, please do get in touch.

Rana A. Safadi is an artist of the mystical, the emotional and the spiritual. She was born in Amman; studied literature, arts and tourism in Jordan, Austria and France.

Safadi’s work has travelled a trajectory of fine art investigations. Evolving and exploring, she first used photography as a medium before turning to oil paint and soon after, mixed media with oil. Sensitivity to delicate states of experience in her mature works is expressed by Safadi’s characteristic use of bold colour, the emblem of the strong feelings she has for her subjects, the strong emotions she wants to share with her viewers.

Safadi works in a context of modern Arab artists creating in a plethora of mediums. She is a voice working along others in defining what the Arab “Modern” style is.