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SYRIA. Aleppo governorate. Aleppo. September 24, 2014. Alaa, an ambulance driver, feeds cats. Alaa buys about $4 of meat everyday to feed about 150 abandoned cats in Masaken Hanano, a neighbourhood in Aleppo that has been abandoned because of shelling from forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad. Alaa said that he has been feeding and taking care of the cats for over 2 months.

Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

How a Syrian dentist found a welcome in Somaliland

“My name is Hosam. I come from Aleppo,” the man says.

I ask him how on earth he ended up in Somaliland. He explains there had been no point going to Turkey, Lebanon or Europe because of the difficulty for refugees to find work suited to their skills.

“I went online,” he says. “I Googled places that don’t have dentists. The first one that came up was [Somalia’s capital] Mogadishu. I went there with my wife and baby, without knowing a single soul, only to discover it was like Aleppo. But there was one difference. My earnings trebled.

"We heard there was safety in Hargeisa and other Syrians living there, so we came here. We have a small community here of doctors, dentists and engineers,” Hosam adds.

I meet another dentist, this time from the Syrian capital, Damascus. He has a long, sad face.

“I remember a top United Nations man warning that Syria would become the next Somalia. And now I am here. Of all places,” he says.

He looks me in the eye.

“You are British, aren’t you? Your people don’t want us. But Somalis do.”

And it is true. I did not meet a single Somali who wished away the Syrians. Or the Yemenis. They told me how, during the civil war in Somaliland, many sought refuge across the sea in Yemen. Some rebuilt their lives in Syria.

Then the world turned upside down and people started coming the other way.

 “But the Somalilanders have really welcomed us. They lived through war and now they want to share their peace with us.“

SYRIA. Aleppo governorate. Near al-Zahra. November 25, 2014. Members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front carry their weapons as they move towards their positions.

Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Wildfires Cause Havoc in Croatia, Threatening Suburbs of Split

Firefighters faced a massive battle against an extensive wildfire which raged near Split, Croatia, on Monday, July 17.

The fire reportedly threatened the suburbs of Split, after spreading over several kilometers in just 12 hours. Credit: Hosam Andijani via Storyful

Alaa, an ambulance driver, feeds cats in Masaken Hanano, Aleppo, Sept. 24, 2014. Alaa buys about $4 of meat everyday to feed about 150 abandoned cats in Masaken Hanano, a neigborhood in Aleppo that has been abandoned because of shelling from forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad on it. Alaa said that he has been feeding and taking care of the cats for over 2 months.

(REUTERS/Hosam Katan)

anonymous asked:

According to the FBI, there have been 129 confirmed white Christian terrorists in the last 20 years. That includes Timothy McVae, the uni-bomber, the Atlanta Olympics bomber and dozens of family planning centers and abortion clinics. Muslims? 19. Which would make white people the most likely demographic to commit a terrorist attack. So watch your mouth before you call me a terrorist or I’ll knock your fucking teeth out

I don’t recall calling you a terrorist.

There have been 22,206 Islamist terrorist attacks in the world in the last twelve years. I get the feeling you were only talking about terrorist attacks in America for some reason, but forgot to specify that (perhaps because you are American?).

Christian anti-abortionists have killed a grand total of 8 people in America. 8. What was the death toll on 9/11? 3,000 wasn’t it?

Now, assuming I’m right and you’re only talking about America for some reason, let’s look at the statistics. Assuming your figures are accurate and complete (I’d like to see a source), this would mean that Muslims represent 13% of terrorists in the US. And yet Muslims are only 1% of the population of the US. 1% of the population representing 13% of terrorists is a huge over-representation. So you’ve shot yourself in the foot even with your own bullshit figures, because you don’t understand statistics. There are more Christians in America than Muslims. You need to look at proportions of the general population, not just raw figures.

But I don’t think your figures are accurate anyway. You claim there have only been 19 Muslim terrorists (in America) in the last twenty years. That’s impossible. There were 19 Muslim terrorists involved in September 11 alone. We then need to add all the other Muslim terrorists involved in all the other Muslim terrorist attacks in America in the last 20 years, for example:

I’m not interested in adding up how many individual Muslim terrorists were involved in all these (pro-tip: it’s more than 19), you can do that yourself if you want. While you’re at it, add up your Muslim tears.