Athletes, Bees, and a Printmaker
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Prejudice. We wish we didn't have it, but we all of us do to some extent. It often shows itself in the most subtle of ways and yet it can have the most dramatic of effects. Recently, I came across these three powerful stories of expats, immigrants, and refugees that have challenged my own preconceived notions of these often misunderstood people and the impact they have had on their host countries.
If we can push through our prejudices with an open mind keen on learning, even the thickest of walls can be demolished making way for the strongest of bridges to be built.
Athlete Refugee Team
There are 65 million refugees on earth right now. The most in recorded history. There are 31 refugees from 5 different countries who train in the Ngong Hills of Kenya as the Athlete Refugee Team (A.R.T) .
Story by ON-running.com
Muslim Beekeeping Project
Khalil Attan leads the way up the stairs of the East London Mosque. He opens the double doors onto the flat roof – slippery and wet from recent rain – where, for the past four years, he’s been keeping bees.
Story by Brownbook.tv
Saeed Al Madani, Emirati Printmaker
Emirati printmaker Saeed Al Madani’s work deals with multiple identity and in-between spaces. London-based artist Saeed Al Madani works across a variety of mediums, incorporating painting, photography, printmaking and textiles into his work. Following a decade working in accountancy, he relocated to the UK to focus on his art practice and, after completing the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship, is now doing a masters in printmaking at the Royal College of Art.
Story by Brownbook.tv + Burberry