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Mother’s Day in Syria

Refugee Phones

Issue 39 | June 2016

Background

There were about 30,000 Syrian refugees in Sweden, many of whom had had to leave their families behind.

Refugee Phones was a Swedish charity that helped by giving them a mobile phone and a SIM card.

But that was only of limited use to Syrians. Phone connections to the country were poor and many citizens either didn't have them or had had their landlines cut off.

For refugees, Mother's Day, March 21st in Syria, mattered hugely and many wanted to mark it.

Mouddar Kouli, a 31-year-old refugee interning with Swedish agency Åkestam Holst, was the inspiration for this project.

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