Thursday, March 31, 2016

Freekeh: the new quinoa

How hip can you be as a refugee? Ideas prepared the Ideas core-team the traditional Syrian dish Freekeh: the new Quinoa, but better. Moniek and Tim love it!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

orderly departure

Eduard Nazarski, Amnesty-chief in the Netherlands, reminds tha audience at the Safe Passage demonstration on the 27th of february 2016 in Amsterdam of the Orderly Departure Program in Vietnam, created in 1979 under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), that allowed more than 1 1/2 million refugees to travel safely to the US and other countries. What's wrong with the EU, is it really so much divided it cannot arrange something like this in 2016?

Friday, February 5, 2016

a house

Ideas has an apartment! 
He's working hard to get it comfy. Next week his Dutch lessons start.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

It's a strange world

Ideas travels, as a normal person with a passport again, in Europe, to a friend he met this summer, when he travelled Europe without any rights, chased by the authorities. It's a strange world.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Ideas moved to Rotterdam last weekend and lives in the attic of a house he shares with other people. He's saving up for a computer. In the mean time it would be great if somebody can lend him a computer -desktop, laptop.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Ideas will leave the camp soon: he found a room in a house with other students. He's saying goodbye with a typical Syrian dish, cooked together with his roommates. In december we start with the account of the first steps of Ideas in Dutch society.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

new neighbours

Ideas participates in the New Neighbours project of Willem de Kooning student Nienke Galjaard. 

Nienke built a pop-up coffeebar where refugees serve free coffee and conversations. Ideas spent an afternoon with Nienke and his New Neighbours in front of the Markthallen in Rotterdam and had a great time.