The touching story of Hanna Khoury, a Syrian refugee who fled the war in Syria demonstrates that the support offered through the humanitarian corridors and sponsoring organisations like Diaconia Valdese have helped him build a new life in Italy. A year after arriving he has learned to speak Italian, he is studying at the University of Turin and is giving back to his community through his work as a cultural mediator with Diaconia Valdese.
Wafaa is one of the Syrian refugees welcomed in Italy through the Humanitarian Corridors project. She arrived almost one year ago, with her husband and three young guys, from Lebanon. Twice a week, Wafaa wears her self-handmade face mask, walks along the empty streets of Florence and goes to work into a tailor shop. She was hired for few months by a local cooperative, and her tasks include repairing doctors’ coats, nurses’ uniforms and other textile employed in the hospitals of the city. She has been working during the lockdown, making her small contribution in this difficult moment: “I am not afraid to go out, I am happy to help the community”.
Mohamed al-Hassan is another Syrian refugee who was trained as a tailor and wanted to give back to his community by sewing face masks for Italians during the coronavirus pandemic. As he explains, “This is my own way to thank the people that welcomed me in Sicily and, symbolically, Italy as a whole.
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