Thursday, January 28, 2016

Inspiring Syrian Refugees with Stars of Hope

I recently returned from Iraq, where I was able to participate in a community art project through the New York Says Thank You Foundation’s Stars of Hope® program. This project brought inspiration to Syrian refugees by decorating their tents and camps with beautiful, brightly-colored Stars of Hope®. The Stars, painted by attorneys and staff from the New York office of my law firm, Dentons, and by children at My Little School in Riyadh, contained messages of encouragement in Arabic and English.

The meanings of the Arabic words painted on the Stars are as follows:
سلام = peace
أمل = hope
حلم = dream
صداقة = friendship
نور = light
تشجيع = courage
أمان = safety

The Stars of Hope shine brightly against the gray dullness of weathered tents and improvised shelters. Their words bring messages of hope in otherwise desolate landscapes. Their bright colors stand out against and overpower the destruction that surround them, reminding us that human kindness always triumphs over cruelty and indifference.

In the stark contrast of the Stars of Hope against the backdrop of violence and persecution, the Stars remind us that in Syria, as in the surrounding countries, there is hope and a future.

Read my full blog post by clicking here to visit the New York Says Thank You Foundation’s Hope Blog.

Friday, January 1, 2016

علامات بارزة في عام 2015: الحرب والإرهاب و"داعش" والهجرة القاتلة إلى أوروبا

نشرت جريدة "الشرق الأوسط" مراجعة عن عام 2015. ما هي أبرز العلامات في نهاية 2015؟ القتل والموت والحرب والجوع والإرهاب و"داعش" والهجرة القاتلة إلى أوروبا.

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