Syria’s tragic milestone: 4 million refugees — Rescue org

This Syrian boy lives in a makeshift refugee camp in northern Jordan. More than 4 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries which are now struggling to cope with the influx. Photo: Meredith Hutchison/IRC The world is witnessing its most catastrophic refugee crisis in almost 25 years. The number of Syrians who have fled to…

“Badakhshan” in Turkey — Eurasia Net news on 11th Konya International Mystic Music Festival featured the 6-member Badakhshan Ensemble (Tajikistan)

The 11th Konya International Mystic Music Festival featured the 6-member Badakhshan Ensemble (Tajikistan) in a concert of spiritual and traditional music of Badakhshan on the evening of 24 September. The Ensemble’s participation in the Festival comes as part of a long-term relationship between the Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Festival. The Music Initiative was…

Who are the Iraqi Kurds? —Research by PEW Research org plus video on the pluralistic and diverse Kurds throughout the History and other related information

In the continuing conflict in Iraq, Kurds frequently are mentioned alongside Iraq’s Sunni and Shia Muslim populations as one of the key groups involved in power struggles for which sharp religious divides have played a major part. But while the Kurds are a crucial part of Iraq’s political makeup, they are an ethnic group, not…

Christmas in Turkey — Al Monitor com article

A statue of “Noel Baba” stands in Demre, a district of the southern town of Antalya. (photo by panoramio.com/Ahmet Sertturk) (…) Turkey used to be the center of Orthodox Christianity, and according to government records, there are now 349 functioning churches in Turkey. Yet, not only the number of Christians but also the number of…

“Social work at Coffee houses Mideast” — Article by Caroline Stoneon on Saudi Aramco World about drinking coffee in middle east during 16th-century

Coffee, native to Ethiopia, was probably drunk there long before there were written records of it, both as a tea-like drink, al-qahwa al-qishriya, made from the husks of the coffee bean, and as brewed coffee made from the beans themselves, called al-qahwa al-bunniya. The beans were also often simply chewed. But the 16th-century jurist al-Jaziri…

Khadija Dohry: Bridging Diversity – The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa

“I am greatly interested in development, and my dream is to root poverty out of African societies by promoting good quality education for the less fortunate so that they can change the face of our society. Having done the IB programme, and with the skills it has equipped me with, I feel that I am…