Syria, Cross-border

Undoing Harm at Home and Abroad

From bread to medicine, the Nour Association is providing for the well-being of Syrians inside and outside of their country, regardless of their backgrounds. The aid group straddles both sides of the Syrian-Turkish border, running a medical center and pharmacy in Istanbul dedicated to serving Syrians along with 14 pharmacies inside Syria that offer medicines free of charge. Nour also supports a number of field hospitals and medical centers inside Syria, while others in Turkey treat and give referrals to those who make it across the border.

But the “life support” it offers encompasses the provision of staples necessary to sustain families’ survival, including food and infant formula. Nour runs three bakeries that distribute bread gratis to the needy. And believing that today’s education will tremendously impact the future Syria, Nour has constructed two schools for refugees, in Istanbul and Antakya, where it runs cultural competitions, recreational activities and seminars year-round.

For more info –  Nour Facebook page

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Jennifer MacKenzie

Poet, writer and teacher Jennifer MacKenzie grew up on Bloomcrest Dr. in Bloomfield Hills, MI, which inspired her to wonder about places with patterns other than floral. Following her education at Wesleyan University's College of Letters and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, she followed a zig-zag course that included a pilgrimage across the top of Spain and a long sojourn in Syria in pursuit of the language of Muhammad al-Maghout and Moudthaffar al-Nawwab. While in Damascus she completed the books of poems "Distant City" and "My Not-My Soldier" (forthcoming from Fence Books) and edited the magazine Syria Today. Her poems and essays can be found in numerous journals including the Kenyon Review online, Guernica, Quarterly West, and Lungfull. She currently lives in New York.

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