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Al-Bustan’s (DIS)PLACED project is navigating a crucial moment in history

Generocity writes on (DIS)PLACED and how Al-Bustan is overcoming challenges to bring visiting artists to Philadelphia.

February 10, 2017 | Generocity | Tony Abraham

The project, called (Dis)Placed, got its start this past summer with funding from Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and has two parts. For the first part, two documentarians are capturing the stories of 12 displaced refugees as well as African American families in Philadelphia displaced by gentrification through videos, photos and essays.

Sayed said the stories will focus on what displacement means for people here, both those who were born and raised in Philadelphia and those who emigrated here from the Middle East. Those stories will be compiled on the project’s website by the end of February.

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These are the daily challenges local refugee families are working to overcome

Generocity spotlights refugee meet & greets sponsored by Al-Bustan and the American Friends Service Committee

February 15, 2017 | Generocity | Tony Abraham

The atmosphere was cheery, but the conversations at those tables were about real-life hardships: financial woes and employment issues, trouble with the school system, healthcare. Not to mention the deep trauma that stems from escaping a war zone.

“People think refugees are terrorists. They are escaping terrorism. They just want peace and safety,” she said. “They are afraid. They want to abide by the law. They don’t want to be a burden on the community.”

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