A pop-up installation 

that transforms public spaces into places for listening, discussing, thinking beyond borders & building global community 

EMPOWER
DISPLACED
YOUTH
PURPOSE #1
CONNECT
PEOPLE ACROSS
 BORDERS 
PURPOSE #2
PURPOSE #3
confront misconceptions
of the "other"

our installation provides a virtual portal to connect with youth fleeing from or living in conflict zones in the middle east  

 

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PREVIOUS POP-UPS

 

the TEAm 

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From Southern California, Josie graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and a B.S. in Environment & Society.  She is passionate about cross-cultural communication, economic equality and non-violent solutions for social justice.  

Co-Director, USA

Josie Ygnatowiz

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Originally from Syria, Abdullah now lives in Turkey pursuing a Masters Degree in Renewable Energy 

Speaker, Syria

Abdullah Hakmi

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Living in Latakia, Syria, Areej studied English Literature and became an English Teacher. Now she works for a medical company and loves nature, sports and travel. 

Speaker, Syria

Areej Hleibiyah

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From Latakia, Syria, Yazan now lives and works in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. His passion is to bring awareness to mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety disorders and post traumatic stress among Middle Eastern youth.

Co-Director, Syria

Yazan al Shakoohhy

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Bashar is a musician and founding member of the band Country for Syria and is currently living in Turkey.

Speaker, Syria

Bashar Balleh

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Nil is a freelance journalist born and raised in Iran and currently pursuing journalism studies in Turkey.  

Speaker, Iran 

Nilufar Rahimi

CONTACT US!

de.otherize@gmail.com

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Funded by the Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Program

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