(5/7) “Everything that wasn’t destroyed in our house was stolen over the next two days. We left with nothing. I can’t even pay the rent of this apartment. I’ve been in Turkey for two years now. I’m dead here. I have no life, no respect, and my children aren’t going to school. I have a PhD but I’m not allowed to work without a residence permit. There is a university here that is teaching with a book I wrote, but still won’t give me a job. In order to survive, I’m forced to create designs and give them away to Turkish citizens, who take all the credit and pay me barely enough money to cover the costs of my materials. This year I created blueprints for a giant construction project of 270 big houses. I was paid maybe one percent of what a Turkish citizen would have earned. There is no respect for my work here. Only money is respected.”

(Istanbul, Turkey)


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Qatar welcomed Syrian refugees coming in through Lebanon. The number of refugees currently there today is unknown, but the 0 statistic is untrue. It may pale in comparison to other countries, but it isn’t zero. Qatar has also allowed Syrians who were already sponsored and working there to bring in their relatives over.

There has been a lot of anti-Saudi propaganda regarding their lack of intake of Syrian refugees. What have they done for Syria? Here are the facts:

  • Saudi Arabia has suspended all immigration laws regarding Syrians, regardless of how they entered the country (Umrah, Hajj, Visit or Business visa) they can stay.
  • ALL Syrian Iqamahs (residency permits) & visas are valid & renewed until the war in Syria ends. This is not a new rule, it was enacted during Prince Naif’s lifetime, the late Crown Prince.
  • The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior enacted laws treating all Syrian children the same as their Saudi counterparts.
  • All Syrian children receive free healthcare along with their parents and enjoy a free education.
  • Syrian parents are allowed to work as they please without the fear of Labor Law violation/penalty.
  • Saudi Arabia has also established or funded multiple refugee camps in Jordan, Turkey & elsewhere.

This means that Saudi Arabia have technically taken in refugees also. These points have been confirmed by Saudi nationals and trusted sources who say that they are happy in Saudi Arabia. Saudi has been doing this for many years. How long have Western governments been doing it? Saudi Arabia has also been fighting multiple wars protecting its borders, both Northern & Southern.

Is this situation ideal? No. Could more be done? Yes. There is definitely room for improvement from the gulf states. What would the situation be though without the millions donated through aid from the Gulf States and other Muslim countries?


Realistically, I wouldn’t recommend Syrian refugees to go to Saudi Arabia as life for them may not be that simple due to the lack of effective programs to accommodate a large influx of Syrian refugees (millions of people) and offer them the excellent quality of life they deserve. It’s merely a skills, organisational and resources issue, not to mention it being a logistical nightmare. Some European states haven’t been handling it well as we’ve seen in the news.

The BBC said about this:
“Non-native residents may also struggle to create stable lives in these countries as it is near impossible to gain nationality.” “Most successful cases are Syrians already in Gulf states extending their stays, or those entering because they have family there.” “For those with limited means, there is the added matter of the sheer physical distance between Syria and the Gulf.”

If you simply look at a map of the world you will see that geographically it is far easier for Syrians to cross to Turkey and in to Europe than it is to cross in to Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia. Do you honestly think they would walk through the large expanse of the Sinai desert to get to Saudi Arabia?

Let’s say that hypothetically they came to gulf states, and they had no organisation and no skills to acquire resources and distribute them and organise the refugee camps, then people would find fault with them and be even more critical. Simply put, they can’t win! This is why there are no refugee camps in Saudi Arabia. Rather they fund and build refugee camps as they do in Jordan. ⬇️

Saudi Arabia pledged $10 billion to aid the refugees in Jordan where Saudi has funded the building of refugees camps.

UNHCR has expressed its thanks to Saudi National Campaign for Syrian refugees for the provision of dates for more than 20,000 families in the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan.

The Saudi National Campaign is working through its food program to provide proper food for the Syrians in all the host countries including Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.

Last month, the Saudi national campaign to support the brothers in Syria completed the third phase of its project “My brother your dwelling is your reassurance” providing accommodation to 3,202 Syrian refugee families in Lebanon.

The campaign ends the third phase project after a year and a half on its inception, and aims at providing decent housing to Syrian refugee families.

Google: ‘the saudi national campaign for syrian refugees’ and see all the positive articles that don’t make the mainstream media. ⬇️

How CNN Shows Saudi Funded Refugee Camps:

This image was used on CNN including CNN Arabia and several other media outlets. None of those articles mentioned Saudi Arabian funding. When I found the original image something was missing from those pictures. An image can be a powerful thing, we witness that power through social media. The absence of symbols can be equally as effective. Very few media outlets if any at all have shown the Saudi tents that were built.

Powerful people want the Middle East destabilised for their own agendas and they also want Muslims to be disunited. So all the anti-Arab, Gulf hate that has been spread and deeply imbedded inside the hearts of the Muslims goes well with their plans and helps them achieve that end. They want nothing more than this disunity. If you call for unity, and wish the Ummah to be united, how can you harbour these feelings in your hearts? The reason people don’t hear about the efforts of the Middle East is because people like you do not spread it. You simply spread hatred and disunity. ⬇️


Not quite. Let’s compare a #Saudi & #Turkish funded #refugee camp vs. a #French camp:

“One is a camp in Calais, derogatorily called "the Jungle”, where migrants and refugees fleeing impoverished and war-torn countries are being treated like animals, live in dire circumstances and nobody wants to take responsibility for, while the authorities are trying to get rid of them (France) or preventing them by any means from coming (UK).

The other is a camp which Saudi helped fund is in Southern Turkey, where 2 million refugees have already been hosted, welcomed and placed in well-organized camps with schools, playgrounds for children and social amenities.

Turkey has spent nearly 5 billion euros on its refugee programs, while assistance from EU countries was around a meager 400 million euros.

And people still talk in terms of the “civilized” west vs. the “barbaric” east…“

Image and text credit to Europe says OXI ⬇️

Medical Care for the Syrian refugees at the Zaatari Camp in Jordan provided by The Saudi National Campaign. - ⬇️

Al Waleed Bin Talal Visits Zaatari Refugee Camp In Jordan. Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal visited the tent of Syrian refugees who came from Idlib during his visit to the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees. He visited the camp to assess the needs of those seeking refuge from the ongoing conflict in Syria. If those Syrians weren’t happy, do you think they’d be smiling with him, let alone letting him near their child.

We might dislike some things from him, but he did pledge his 32 billion wealth to charity. We hope the Syrians will benefit from that. ⬇️


These Muslims countries have taken in the refugees according to Amnesty International:

  • #Lebanon hosts 1.1 million refugees registered with UNHCR, which amounts to around 26 per cent of the country’s population.
  • #Jordan hosts 618,615 registered refugees, which amounts to 9.8 per cent of the population.
  • #Turkey hosts 1.6 million refugees, which amounts to 2.4 per cent of the population.
  • #Iraq hosts 225,373 registered refugees, which amounts to 0.67 per cent of the population.
  • #Egypt 142,543 registered refugees, which amounts to 0.17 per cent of the population.

Someone I personally know, Yiğit Üşenmez, who was on the ground at the Turkish refugee camps spoke to the Syrians and all he heard was positive feedback about help from the Gulf. There was a 3 floor school that was built outside the camp for young children which was completely funded by various individuals from the Gulf. They told him how multimillionaires charted private planes and brought in bags of 50-100 thousands in cash for the refugees. ⬇️

Highlighted are the areas where Saudi has helped Syrian refugees.

Taken from The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia ⬇️

Taken from Brotherhood in Islam Facebook. May Allāh reward the admin for making this to clear up misconceptions! 

Burger time!

Well, I went to the Immigration place and got my residence permit. They tried to make me do a Dutch course and this whole naturalisation thing like a test about the Netherlands but I think it was a mistake. The lovely ladies at school admin rang them and sorted things out for me. Glad that’s over now!

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Des examens médicaux à la chaîne

Pour obtenir un “resident permit”, Tim et moi avons du faire une batterie d'examens médicaux afin de prouver notre bonne santé.

Le matin du mardi 15 novembre nous sommes allés au centre de santé et des voyages internationaux du Sichuan. Nous avons rempli un questionnaire pour constituer notre dossier. La liste d'examens à effectuer est copieuse: analyse d'urine, prise de sang, électrocardiogramme, radio des poumons…

Nous nous rendons au 3ème étage pour la prise de sang. Et là, choc culturel ! Une file de gens attend devant une vitre. Derrière celle-ci, la biologiste, chargée des prises de sang. Pas de banquette inclinée, pas d'intimité. Quand notre tour arrive, nous nous asseyons sur un tabouret et glissons notre bras dans le trou de la baie vitrée pour se faire prélever deux petits tubes de sang. La bonne nouvelle c'est que la biologiste ne rate jamais la veine et ne fait pas mal… Piquer à la chaîne des centaines de personnes toute la journée, tous les jours ça aide à avoir la main !

Nous avons également fait pipi dans deux petits pots que Tim a donné à la biologiste, voisine de la preneuse d'hémoglobine. Passage plutôt drôle car Tim s'est un peu mélangé dans les petits récipients et au moment de mettre les noms des propriétaires dessus, il y a eu un petit moment de flottement…

Nous descendons ensuite à l'étage inférieur pour les autres examens. On passe de salle en salle, de consultation en consultation, de machine en machine. Contrôle de la vue, tension, poids, taille…Les examens sont expédiés.  L'électrocardiogramme vaut le détour dans son genre. On s'allonge, l'infirmière met des sortes de pinces aux chevilles et aux poignets (un peu flippant…) ainsi que des électrodes au niveau du coeur. Et hop, au bout de trente secondes, c'est bouclé ! L'échographie dans la salle à côté bat également des records de vitesse.

On descend au premier étage pour le dernier examen: la radio des poumons. Là non plus, hors de question de s'attarder. Les hommes enlèvent pull et t-shirt devant tout le monde. Les femmes, heureusement, ont le droit à plus de pudeur. On se déshabille derrière un paravent pour enfiler une blouse. Mais homme ou femme, l'infirmier fait preuve de la même délicatesse rugueuse pour nous placer contre la plaque de la radio.

C'est fini. A la sortie, on nous donne le papier pour récupérer les résultat et deux petites briques de lait sucré…

Uncertainty is my biggest fear.

How long will I be gone? What’s the process for dealing with this? Will I ever get to live here again, or am I stuck with a stressful last semester?

I know it has to work out, but it still terrifies me. It’s not like I’m going somewhere completely unknown; I’ll be with my parents and Minnie and all of my books and stuffed animals. 

But it’s stressful. I’m tired and know I won’t sleep for the next few days. I leave tomorrow morning and pleading with the universe to give me the hugs of every friend I’ve ever made.

Got my permit of residence!!! 

Someone had asked me,“Why did you leave Nigeria? You had things going for you there.” Thing is, I want to have things going for me everywhere. I’m not talking about acclamation or money, but the things I personally need to live my life more fully. It took me a long time to believe in putting in something as simple as a positive thought to get a positive action, but it’s true, Lagos was a result of that. A few months ago, summing up all my shortneverenough travels, I told myself (I am my own best confidant lol) that I needed to actually live in at least two different countries before I’m 30. I wasn’t actively seeking, but I was open. I would tell people that they could literally pay me in just food and travel (don’t do that, it’s a terrible pitch). I would send out zaps of positive energy for myself and started facing my work more. I’m now here in Liberia with @morethanmeorg literally seeing lives change. It’s not easy and delightful all the way through FYI, work can be challenging and moving around is hard on friendships and relationships but hey, positive energy out to that too.

Time to lengthen my residence permit. It was surprisingly painless, so hope that isn’t a sign that I didn’t triple check everything and all the uploaded files are crappy quality. Once we got to the end the Swede goes “ it costs money!?” ( oh, dear, sweet boy…) and he was like “you’d better get the right to get CSN or something, I mean I’ve paid nothing to live here”

Hope everything goes smoothly and it doesn’t take too long to get the result.

Eurovision 2016: Google Translate edition
  • Inspired by @eurovision-everyday 's posts :)
  • I translated every song's title in 5-10 random languages and then translated it back to English.
  • Albania:Will do it
  • Armenia:Wool love
  • Australia:Only plata
  • Austria:Location
  • Azerbaijan:Miracle
  • Belarus:Trick help
  • Belgium:What is the problem
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina:Love
  • Bulgaria:When love is a crime
  • Croatia:Lighthouse
  • Cyprus:Other independent
  • Czech Republic:Just
  • Denmark:Like soldiers
  • Estonia:Games
  • FUR Macedonia:Woman
  • Finland:Psalm to
  • France:Sought
  • Georgia:Gold midnight
  • Germany:Show
  • Greece:No nation
  • Hungary:First
  • Iceland:Provide
  • Ireland:Day
  • Israel:Stars
  • Italy:Not on secession
  • Latvia:Heartbeat
  • Lithuania:I’ve been waiting all night
  • Malta:Get on the water
  • Moldova:The fall of the stars
  • Montenegro:Real
  • The Netherlands:Slow
  • Norway:Icebreaker
  • Poland:Color your life
  • Russia:Will
  • San Marino:I do not know
  • Serbia:Welcome (temporary residence permit)
  • Slovenia:Add red, blue
  • Spain:I congratulate them!
  • Sweden:If the damage
  • Switzerland:Category
  • Ukraine:Another nine hundred forty-four
  • United Kingdom:This
Van local one of 38 people speaking Urartian

Mehmet Kuşman, 74, is one of the 38 people in the world who can speak, write and read the Urartian language.

Kuşman has served for 40 years as the watchman of Çavuştepe Castle, an Urartian castle in the eastern province of Van’s Gürpınar district. He still voluntarily keeps watch on the castle. He gives information about the castle and the Urartians to visitors.

Kuşman was given a residence permit from the U.S. to teach the Urartian there and has also received proposals from Japan, but did not accept these proposals because could not leave the castle, to which he is loyal. Read more.


The Prague Trip That Saved My Sorry Canadian Tourist Ass

When I went off to Prague last weekend, on a three-day get-away trip with a bunch of my Erasmus buddies from the dorm, I never expected it to matter much beyond the fact that I was putting off working on a very important presentation to do so. Little did I know, that the trip to Prague would eventually become the one thing between me, and an untimely ticket back to Canada.

The trip itself was great. The nine of us (the three Turkish girls Beril, Elif and Dilan, the two Italians Rita and Mirko, the two Spaniards Leyre and Antonio and Team Greece-Why-Did-We-Think-Breaking-In-New-Shoes-In-Prague-Would-Be-A-Good-Idea-Canada, Andrew and I) spent Friday night, all of Saturday and part of Sunday walking around the Old Town, the New Town, the Astrology Clock, the Christmas Markets, the Jewish cemetery, Charles Bridge, the Castle and the shopping streets. No easy feat for so short a stay. Despite our rushed schedule and the fact that we knew little about what we were doing and seeing at the time (case in point, the picture of me rubbing that dog, the legend of which I had no clue about), and the fact that it was hecka cold and rainy for most of our stay, I can safely say we all had a great time.

The fact that because of this trip I left the Schengen Zone for over 24 hours, and coincidentally carried around the paper trail proving it when I went to get my residence permit, which stopped the Austrian government from kicking me out of the country for having stayed 86 out of my allotted 90 tourist days as a Canadian citizen when my permit would take more than four days to be ready, made this trip all the sweeter.

Oh, and I kicked ass on the presentation I put off in favour of going to Pague. The Grammaticalization of Deixis and the Grammaticalized Deictic Dimensions in English, French and Spanish can kiss my ass!