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A Requiem for Syrian Refugees | Syrian Refugees: Buffalo Responds

Author: Robert Creenan

The University at Buffalo will be sponsoring two events on March 30-31 under the banner, “Syrian Refugees: Buffalo Responds”.

The first event will be a film screening of a documentary called “A Requiem for Syrian Refugees” at Clemens Hall on UB North campus. The film details the lives of Syrian refugees as they try to make a better life for themselves after escaping from their home country. Two shorter films will also be shown. After the films, Gamileh Jamil of Access-WNY will lead a guided discussion.

The second event is at the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library. It will be a symposium on the issues involved with the refugee crisis, with issues revolving around European viewpoints, humanitarian work in the refugee camps, mental health issues, and the familial issues. The event takes place from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Speakers include Asli Yalim of the UB School of Social Work, Deborah Reed-Danhay of the UB Department of Anthropology, Sarita Fritzler of Save the Children, Hussam Jefee-Bahloul of the University of Massachusetts, Othman Shibly of the UB School of Dental Medicine, and a panel of experts in the Buffalo area that deal with refugee resettlement. Speaking times vary from 15 minutes to an hour and a half.

This is the first event in the WNY area to bring together various perspectives and constituents on this issue. There is also a World Refugee Day taking place in May, but that itself doesn’t deal directly with the Syrian crisis.

A Requiem for Syrian Refugees

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

6pm – 9pm

120 Clemens Hall (North Campus, UB)

Light refreshments provided.

Free event. No RSVP required.

Film screening with guided discussion.

Guest facilitator: Gamileh Jamil of ACCESS of WNY

Sponsored by the UB School of Social Work. For more information, contact:

Syrian Refugees: Buffalo Responds

Thursday, March 31st

8:30am – 4:30pm

Buffalo & Erie County Central Library: 1 Lafayette Square

This event is free and open to the public. See RSVP details.

Keynote: “Mental Health Issues for Syrian Refugees Affected by Armed Conflict”

Hussam Jeffe-Bahloul, MD

Guest Speaker: Sarita Fritzler of “Save the Children” (via Skype)

Panelists & Other Guests:

Denise Beehag, International Institute of Buffalo

Kim Griswold, M.D., UB Family Medicine

Ali Kadhum, M.S.W., Iraqi American Society

Pam Kefi, WNY Center for Survivors of Torture

Donna Pepero, Journey’s End Refugee Services

Deborah Reed-Danahay, Ph.D., UB Dept of Anthropology

Meghan Rumpf Perry, Journeys’ End Refugee Services

Othman Shibly, D.D.S., UB School of Dental Medicine

Sponsored by the UB School of Social Work. For more information, contact: Co-sponsored by the UB Asian Studies Department.

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