In this podcast, MSc student in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies Maria Harb meets two inspirational women - Victoria Lupton and Fida Alwaer. Victoria has been living in Lebanon for the past 10 years and is the co-founder of Seenaryo, a leading specialist in theatre and play-based learning with marginalized communities in Lebanon and Jordan - in particular refugee communities. Fida was forcibly displaced from her home country Syria and arrived in Lebanon in 2012. In 2017, she began as a participant in a Seenaryo youth theater project and has since worked as a facilitator on many different Seenaryo projects after undergoing Seenaryo’s theatre leadership training.
Victoria talks us through how Seenaryo came to be and how the organisation continues to navigate the different crises in the country. She also explores the issue of NGOs focusing solely on the refugee population and how it can risk intensifying tensions between host and refugee communities.
What is Refugee Realities?
To help celebrate and bring awareness to Refugee Week UK 2021, we are pleased to introduce the ‘Refugee Realities’ Podcast, a series created by students on the Forced Displacement and Refugees course in the Department of International Development. Across Refugee Week, from June 14th to the 18th, we’ll be releasing two student-recorded podcasts each day. Like the course, the topics covered are eclectic. We range from a birds-eye perspective on the challenges facing refugee governance and recent national and international refugee policy, to the voices and experiences of refugees themselves as they share how they navigated asylum status processes in the UK and Austria. Along the way we also get a sense of some of the initiatives out there that are working to assist forcibly displaced people, whether by refugees in neighboring countries, local organizations right here in London, or international NGOs that are always looking for volunteers.
For a complete listing of Refugee Week events or to get involved, check out the Refugee Week website at https://refugeeweek.org.uk/ and follow Refugee Week on Instagram @refugeeweekuk and on Twitter and Facebook @RefugeeWeek. In the meantime, stay tuned for the podcasts.