We met with Jeff Smith MP on 22 August to discuss updates pertaining to the Syrian conflict. The issues that we focused on were the updated situation in Syria, detainees, and bank account closures for Syrian nationals and organisations. In Jeff we always find a friendly smile, a receptive ear, and helpful advice. Looking forward to continued work with him!
We met with Cllr Luthfur Rahman of Longsight Ward on 21 August. We discussed with Cllr Rahman how we can increase our cooperation with the Council so that we contribute to Manchester's cultural heritage and economic well-being while also being supported to carry out our services to the Syrian community.
An article in The Big Issue published on 17 August highlights our upcoming 8 September exhibition on Syrian women detainees in Assad's prisons. The article provides an overview of the situation for female detainees in Syria, gives an example of one specific story, and provides information about the exhibition which will be organised by Manchester's Syrian women.
We held a silent stand on 16 August in Market Street in remembrance of the tens of thousands of detainees in Assad regime prisons who remain unaccounted for. Passers-by were able to learn of some of the horrific facts surrounding the detainee plight in Syria and were given leaflets on our upcoming exhibition on female detainees in Assad's prisons.