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Erie, Pennsylvania, a city of roughly 100,000 residents, contains seven food deserts. In these locations residents don’t have reasonable access to healthy, affordable food. But one refugee-run grocery story is reversing that trend.

Located in the heart of Erie in a 4,000-square-foot space that was previously inhabited by a music store, U.K. Supermarket opened in 2013 and has been selling more affordable vegetables, lentils and other foods. After living in refugee camps in Nepal for most of his life, the store’s founder, Pradip Upreti, moved to Erie in 2009 at age 20. Now he’s providing a much needed service.

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These farms are helping refugees plant the seeds of a new life in America 

Since 2010, two years after emigrating to the United States from Bhutan, Rita Neopaney, has been tending her plot on what she calls a “culturally significant community garden.” She and some 100 other refugees are part of New Farms for New Americans, a program started by AALV, a Burlington, Vermont, based social services organization for immigrants and refugees. The program is one among several around the country using farms, community gardens and fresh food to help new immigrants resettle and integrate into their new communities.

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World-famous chefs cook up ‘Soup for Syria’ to support Syrian refugees

  • Soup for Syria: Recipes To Celebrate Our Shared Humanity isn’t filled with food one might find in war-torn Aleppo. 
  • Instead, you’ll find soup recipes to connect home chefs with cultures across the globe. 
  • The book, published in October 2015, is more relevant than ever: All profits will now go toward “various nonprofits” that are funding food relief efforts. It has already raised $300,000, NPR reported Friday. Read more
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European Citizens Providing Food, Other Help To Exhausted Refugees Marching To Austria - Buzzfeed

More than 1,000 Syrians began marching from Budapest to Austria Friday as they fled violence in their own war-torn country. Along the way, local residents provided some help.

to be honest fuck any school work you had due in after summer. I’ve done 0 and I’m not gonna take shit from my teachers cuz you know what I was doing while they were marking some shitty essay while doing a puzzle? I flew across the world and gave food and water to refugees who hadn’t eaten in 5 days so a teacher can tell you you’ve failed but have you really? Have you really? Because what matters more to me, a letter on a paper? Or feeding a three year old girl who just cried to me about being hungry. GRADES ARE LETTERS PEOPLE ARE FUCKING IN NEED.

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From war to the sweatshop

Aged just 13, Hamza is in fact a child. His daily wage is less than $10 – lower than the retail price of every pair of shoes they make.

“I would love to go to school, I miss reading and writing,” Hamza says. “But if I go to school, nobody is going to bring food to my home.”

Adult refugees cannot get work permits in Turkey, so they are forced to send their children to work. Hamza has no adults to lean on, as his father was reportedly killed by Isis. 

These children are forced to choose between work and war. 

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Earlier today at  Victoria Square in Athens, a car stopped outside an apartment building. An elderly woman with a cane stepped out the car,  and the the driver opened the trunk and helped the woman take out some bags. The bags were filled with sandwiches, each carefully wrapped, cakes, raisin bread, eggs and bottles with water. The old lady handed the bags to the volunteers who were making food there for the many refugees there at the time. The driver, who turned out to  be her daughter, told the people close,that her mother, who is 92 years, had insisted to come with the food.

Story by Liana Denezaki
Photos by Ulysses Galanakis

(8/11) “My years in Turkey have been the hardest four years of my life. When we first arrived from Syria, we couldn’t communicate with anyone. I had no friends. If we wanted an egg from the store, we had to make chicken sounds. I paid for everything in this apartment by working as an interpreter for an NGO. We started at a zero and I built us up to a six, all by myself, and I’m very proud of that. But we can go no further without citizenship. I can’t get a degree. I can’t work any other job. Turkey has taken many refugees and we should be thankful for that. And the people here were nice to us at first. Our neighbors brought us rice and food. But then more refugees came. And more. And then everything changed. Now people shout at us in the streets. They tell us to leave. But we have nowhere to go. A man recently started sending me messages on Facebook, saying: ‘Get out!’ I didn’t even know him! Why me? Why did he choose me? We’ve had to switch apartments four times because our landlord decided that Arabic people are no longer allowed. I’ve been hit by a car. My sister got hit in the face at school and lost two teeth, and now her vision is bad in one eye. Being a refugee is really hard. They blame us for everything. They blame us for no jobs. For crowded streets. For crime. They say that we are the reason for everything bad. And if war ever comes to Turkey, we’ll be the first to die. Because they’ll blame us for that too.”

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Roberta Siao, a Brazilian immigrant in London, found that her dual status as a foreigner and mother made it impossible to find work. Yet at Mazi Mas, a London-based pop-up restaurant and catering service focused on training and employing immigrant and refugee women, she has found more than just a paying job. She tells her story in her own words.

Working at Mazí Mas is nothing like working in the restaurant industry. First of all, all of us are women and mothers. We are all from different countries and cultures. Yet the environment — even when we’re cooking — is more relaxed and peaceful. It might be busy but it’s never crazy. There’s not all that yelling. I think you can taste the difference in the flavors of the food. It’s almost like magic how everything comes together. We dance and chat and, at the end of the night, we cook and eat together like a family.

I’m originally from Rio in Brazil and came to London 12 years ago. I was just a young girl on holiday, then I met someone who became my husband and got pregnant almost straight away. At first I was happy being a mother and looking after our child, but eventually, I started thinking about what I wanted to do. I used to work at a bank but didn’t like it. So I tried to look for jobs but there were no jobs. Immigrants can work nights or get jobs in security or cleaning but these positions have no flexibility. As a mother, you have to be able to care for your children. Someone told me, “No one wants you. You have a child and you have no references. Give up.” I had past work experience and schooling and still faced so much discrimination. For other people, I imagine it’s impossible to find work.

‘Invisible Army’ Of Immigrant Women Finds Its Voice Through Cooking

Photo: Marianne Chua/Courtesy of Mazí Mas

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“She doesn’t just want her community to survive: she wants it to thrive.”

In the permanent Palestinian refugee camp of Burj el Barajneh, Mariam Shaar runs the Women’s Program Association, an organization that provides education, vocational skills training, and micro-loans to women looking to become entrepreneurs and business leaders. 

In 2013, Shaar embarked on a special project — launching a catering unit that would make and market delicious, homemade Palestinian food to the local community, while helping to provide both a sustainable income and valuable skills training to the women involved. Named Soufra, which means “dining table” in Arabic, the business was an instant success. But catering was just the start. 

Now, Shaar wants to expand the business to include a year-round food truck, so the women who run it can take their business directly to the streetsides and doorways of their customers. The potential impact would be enormous: “Today, Soufra isn’t just bringing refugee women an income – it is giving them a voice.” 

TURKEY, Akcakale : A young Syrian refugee waits for supply near the Turkish border post of Akcakale, province of Sanliurfa, on June 17, 2015. The first Syrian refugees returned to the border town of Tal Abyad from Turkey after it was liberated from the Islamic State (IS) group, an AFP journalist reported. Kurdish forces took the strategic town on Tuesday after several days of intense fighting, which sparked an exodus of more than 23,000 refugees into neighbouring Turkey. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC