‘Sharing Message For Peace’ …. “Ahmad Joudeh …. … It’s Dance or Die …. AMAZING! …. “!!


~~July 13, 2017~~ 


~Refugee uses ballet to create a message of peace~

Half a year ago, ballet dancer Ahmad Joudeh was giving dance lessons to orphaned children in war-torn Damascus. Now he has made his debut at the Dutch National Ballet and is studying at the ballet academy in Amsterdam.

“It took me a month to fully realize I really am in Amsterdam, and I still can’t believe my luck,” Joudeh says.

For years, as the war raged around him and his family, Joudeh – a stateless Palestinian in Syria – had tried to make ends meet by teaching, and had received death threats from Islamic State. When the summons to do three years of military service arrived, the 26-year-old began to believe that this was going to be the end of the dream that he had cradled from childhood.

But his life changed radically in August 2016 when a Dutch TV journalist made a documentary about him.



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Joudeh not only struggled to survive as a dancer during the Syrian war: he also fought a tough, private war to realize his dream.

“My father forbid me to dance,” he says. “Because in our culture, to be a ballet dancer is the worst thing your son can choose to do for a living. He said it was a shame for the family and wanted me to study English or medicine. But I said no, this is my life. I went to dance class secretly. When he found out, he beat me with a wooden stick. He used to beat me really hard. Once he hurt my leg so badly, I couldn’t dance for days. But I never gave in.

I said to him: it’s dance or die.”

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~You can watch the full documentary here~



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~~Refugee uses ballet to create a Message of Peace~~

~~Published on Jul 6, 2017~~

Can refugee Ahmad Joudeh use dance change minds?

From performing in the streets of war-torn Syria he received death threats from ISIS, but kept dancing anyways.

Now Ahmad hopes to use his love for dance as a message for peace with the Dutch National Ballet, all the while battling his own inner demons.


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Perspective …. “3,000 Syrian Refugees Life Vests”!!


~~January 5, 2016~~ 


There is really no need for words.

The mere number  of discarded life vests show the perspective of the humanitarian crisis which is occurring in the Mediterranean Sea.

Each and every one of those vests represents one life.

On human being fleeing from the conditions of their life as they knew it.

Can we heed the message of peace? Can these senseless wars cease? Can this massive displacement of people stop?

We wonder.



Refugees’ life jackets are transformed into message of peace on the Greek island of Lesbos

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A bright orange peace sign appeared on a hillside on the Greek island of Lesbos on New Year’s Day, transforming a growing pile of life jackets discarded by refugees arriving on the island into a message to the world.

Dozens of Greenpeace and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) volunteers and local supporters teamed up to create the massive peace sign Friday, January 1, 2016, on a hillside overlooking the small strait between Greece and Turkey that has become a main passageway for those fleeing to Europe.

Made up of more than 3,000 life jackets and built by dozens of volunteers, the sign is a way to honor those who have made the journey and to urge peace in the new year, according to Greenpeace.



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Those involved in the project are calling for safe passage to those fleeing war, poverty and oppression.

Thousands of people arrive on the island of Lesbos daily, packed into flimsy rubber dinghies and wooden fishing boats. Most are refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa.

More than 1 million migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe by crossing the Mediterranean in the past 12 months. Another 3,700 people perished in the sea last year while attempting the crossing.


In October and November, so many bodies had washed up on Lesbos that the local morgue ran out of space to house the dead. Tragic scenes played out weekly as ad hoc rescue efforts led by local and international volunteers were unable to deal with the sheer scale of new arrivals.

The life jackets have been slowly piling up in a dump on the island, near the town of Molyvos.

 As those who do manage to make it to shore quickly move further on into Europe, their life jackets stay behind as a growing reminder of the movement of people through the area, as well as the lives that have been lost.

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~3,000 Syrian Refugees Life Vests~

~Published on Jan 3, 2016~

Over 100 volunteers from Greenpeace, MSF, and other organizations just kicked off 2016 with more compassion and grace than ever.

Designed to be a message of hope, 3,000 abandoned life jackets were arranged in the shape of a peace sign on the Greek island Lesbos where thousands of refugees arrived in 2015 seeking solace.

We ALL are connected through HUMANITY!! 


~Large Peace Sign Made Of Thousands Of Refugees’ Life Jackets~

`Published on Jan 5, 2016~

Thousands of lifejackets left behind by refugees on the Greek coast were used to create a large peace sign.



We ALL are ONE!!