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Globally United – New Business!

4 Aug

LoveTest3I am starting a new business and want to include people from across the world!

Here is the concept:
We will be selling peace & love goods. There will be the main storefront to purchase a variety of items, along with items handmade from across the world.

I am looking for talented people across the world, whatever you make please contact me with some examples! Maybe you are an artist, maybe you make jewellery, clothes, anything at all, please get in contact with me. I am particularly interested in clothing items & jewellery, but I am very open to everything!

You must be from crisis situation; have a unique story. I am searching for people who are refugees in camps, or outside of camps, maybe you are in Europe now starting your life again; maybe you had to flee your country for whatever reason for safety, whatever your story, I am looking for people who are only from a background like this.

Any goods must have a peace & love concept, nothing political or religious.

The company will function as follows with profit;

50% of the purchase price will go back to the designer of the item
25% will be kept for the business
25% will go back into charity assisting those in need

You will get income only after any of your items are sold.

The basis to this is to give people with talents a chance to have a little extra income, maybe it can help in the future with your life, along with sharing your story with the world to educate others that we are all only human and to bring us to be Globally United.

For people buying; you will have a unique chance to buy one off items, knowing your are supporting someone who deserves that support; along with knowing you are assisting charity too with your purchase.

I will want a 1-2 minute video of you to go along with your items you will be creating so people can see your story a little, (You will not have to supply the video or photos, I will do this), if you are not comfortable with being known then please indicate this when contacting me.

Everything will be sold online only. All shipping costs of your goods from wherever you are will be dealt with by the company.

Through my travels and years in camps I have constantly been astounded by incredible talents, the unique designs people are capable off. I have my heart in this new business and I know it will be something wonderful. I hope you will also see my concept with this and be a part of it.

Please share this with anyone you think may be able to benefit from this; anyone who you know has talents!

I would love to get this up and running before Christmas, but rather pushed for time, so it will definitely be up and running for the New Year!

EMAIL ME: MAIL@YASMINALTELLAWY.COM

Thank you!

Yasmin x

Islam…

15 Apr

Islam – the most controversial religion & topic in our world right now.I don’t like to turn a story into one that is about me, I like to stay private in my work as I think most will know, so I apologise in advance as I am turning this blog to be one that is about me to get my point across to you.

From the beginning of the crisis in Syria I have continually stayed on the ground with little time out the outside. To this day it remains the same. I have watched first hand this crisis changing, evolving, darkening. One thing has remained the same however; the true good people of Syria have remained loyal to assisting me, supporting me, protecting me, and respecting me.

Most of my time is spent with families. Families who are truly suffering within the war who are trying to cling to their dignity. I have stayed with families through their losses, tragedies, heartache, movements; each struggle that is faced within a war. Even through all of this they insist on caring for me. They insist on taking me in, giving me a place to sleep, feeding me and to this day it is a fight for me to try to give them anything in return.

I have argued with women trying to force me to wash; I have reservations as I do not wish for them to waste what little water they have on me washing when I just do not care when there, yet they force me. Come to think of it maybe that is for their benefit & not mine after all!

I sit with families that have such little food yet with their culture insist on giving all they can to me. I sit with their children who I can see are hungry & unhealthy yet even the children want to force feed me with no thought for themselves.

I am greeted with a love so rare; a love & bond that is indescribable. I am fought over on where I sleep as the children always like to sleep next to me. I am hugged & kissed in overwhelming amounts when I am welcomed back. I am cried over when it is time to say goodbye to a family to move to another area. I have gifts stuffed into every crevice of my bag; kids drawing for me & writing me letters, items now amounting to boxes weighing down my friends on each border awaiting a time I can get everything home.

I am sharing these small glimpses of life because this is the true face of Syrians; this is the true face of Islam. Anyone who has spent time with a Muslim family will know of the kindness; you will know of the bonds & the love created and I am quite sure you have never experienced such kindness, or situations of being so ridiculous full from eating too much with aching muscles from laughter too. I am most certainly not the only one with these experiences naturally, it just seems few speak out in public about it all.

Now, I am sure there will be some rather critical souls reading this who will be seeing me as a promoter of Islam or something alike. I do not promote or support any religion to be quite frank. I have my own spiritual beliefs in life, I simple believe in giving peace & love in all we do. I do have a problem with hate and lack of understanding in this world which makes me feel a need to speak as I am now. I have no disagreements with any religions; only with hypocrisy. I respect anyone living truly to their religion, everyone has their free choice in this world to be who they want through religion or no religion as far as I am concerned.

I do not hide who I am to anyone with my beliefs, and I am accepted for who I am and loved for who I am. Why? Well, the people truly living by Islam do not impose their beliefs upon another and accept another for who they are. As in any religion; it should never be imposed.

When I speak with people about why they still care for me, why they still protect me; they are putting their lives on the line to protect me – a stranger to their family for whom they could all be killed for; they simply do it naturally and find humour in my asking as it is just normal for them to do so and they are completely oblivious to the depths of what they do in caring for me.

It is no secret a lot of the world has a deep fear of Islam. Sadly Islamophobia is rapidly on the rise in every country. I am faced with conversations continually from people whom I can find little respect for when they feel a right to argue me about Islam and why it should be gone from the western world when they themselves have not even spent time with a Muslim; let alone visited a Muslim country. The lack of educated minds in our world is mind-blowing at times.

There is no question that the self-proclaimed Islamic State and other groups alike should be feared. There is no question they are involving themselves in terrorist activities. The thing that is forgotten is that true Muslims are not representatives of them. They know they are not Muslim and their practices are far from the practices that are stated in the Quran. They are simply a terrorist organisation masking under the name of a religion that does not belong to them.  The self-proclaimed Islamic State is a deeply complex matter to understand in itself, I shall leave that one aside for now.

Mainstream media is sadly an instigator for such hate rising in our world. While I work in the industry it does not mean I agree with much of what is done. There needs to be vast change in media & I do hope I see it in my lifetime. The term terrorist has taken a turn in the media to be one that is put into use when it is a person of Islamic birth roots committing the crime. The often happening school shootings across America from born Christians or otherwise are acts of terrorism, the tragic plane crash recently in France was an act of terrorism carried out by an individual, the beheadings of civilians are acts of terrorism, the Syrian regime dropping barrel bombs across Syria are acts of terrorism. There are continually acts of terrorism across our world. Terrorism comes in the form of all religious backgrounds, all colours, all countries.
Please think before you speak; please learn understanding because the hate being spread in our world is more terrifying to me than being in the midst of the most complicated battles within Syria could ever be.

A true person of Islam echoes the kindness & love I mention above on how I am cared for. This is the real face of Islam and this is a majority worldwide.

We are dividing our world. We are placing barriers between religions, the colour of someone’s skin, their country of origin, their sexual orientation & how another chooses to dresses. We are all responsible for the crisis in our world. We are all part of the problem and we all need to be taking steps to bring a change for the better; for the future in our world. We need to be removing these barriers that many have fought against through history to bring unity globally; yet here we are wishing to regress our societies.

I would not still be alive on this day to write this if it were not for the good-hearted souls representing what Islam truly is. In times of trouble in Syria there have been people who fought for my safety, Muslim people, there was no reward for them assisting & protecting me. They did not even want it to be known that it was them who helped me.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are issues within every culture; deep issues that need to be rooted out.  There is no such thing as perfect and everything takes hard work in our world. In the end hard work will always pay off. What we do need is a worldwide unity to tackle these challenges.

Lay down the hate and think. We are supposed to be educated individuals advancing in our world yet we seem to be plunging downhill.

Thank you to the beautiful souls I know worldwide from all religions backgrounds and countries; and a very special thank you always to the true people of Syria for all you do for me.

Homeless in Kilis; an influx from Syria.

15 Feb

Kilis, Turkey has recently received a vast influx of Syrians seeking safety after recent bombardments of Aleppo.

A mother cries with her children as they stand with their few belongings wondering where they can go.

A mother cries with her children as they stand with their few belongings wondering where they can go.

On any given evening you can find a lady crying on the cold streets of Kilis with her children with a heartbreaking story of survival and loss to tell you.

Kilis refugee camp is full, and there is no other place for Syrians to go. They are finding themselves on the streets with nowhere to go, many finding themselves with no place to pay their heads but on the streets of Kilis.

Syrians are huddled into empty shops, abandoned garages, and anywhere else they can go. Each evening you can find an abundance of Syrians sleeping in the bus station, while day-by-day they are constantly passing through trying to find a place to go.

1000’s of Syrians have entered Kilis in the past week, and the constant stream of people needing assistance certainly has no end in sight.

Around 50 Syrians huddle into this small space together to sleep

Around 50 Syrians crowd into this small space together to call this abandoned shop home for now.

Huddled together for warmth in an empty shop with over 50 people sleeping tightly packed together a young man shares with us his struggles, he has children to feed, along with his wife, and parents to care for. Even thought he is well educated he is unable to find a place to rent at a cheap price and more importantly work; the common tale for Syrians in neighbouring countries.

A woman assists her husband who is an amputee due to complications with diabetes to use the toilet; where is the toilet? It is a small bucket in the open public amongst Syrians outside of the local bus station; they no longer have the opportunity to even keep their dignity. Her husband has no insulin left and they are left with the streets to sleep trying to find a way to go to Istanbul where they hope for a better life.

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Young girls cry as they share their pains from their suffering and loss in Syria.

Aa a young girl cries, she tells me just one simple sentence as she struggles to get her words out from her tears, “I just want us to be one again in Syria”, she continues to share how she misses her father and older sister who has been missing for 2 months now & they have no idea where she is. 

Such simple words she shares with such an impact, a girl of just 14 years old, years ahead in maturity, like many children from Syria now, and a simple message of hope for us to be one in our world. Her tears are an overwhelming abundance of pain. There are few children from Syria who are not holding pain in the hearts nowadays.

Syrians entering Turkey from Bab Al Salam border crossing as the sounds of gunfire echo in the air.

Syrians entering Turkey from Bab Al Salam border crossing as the sounds of gunfire echo in the air.

Standing at Bab Al Salam border, or in Kilis refugee camp you can often hear the fighting a short distance away, a sound that no longer makes children shudder in fear, a sound they are much accustomed to at this stage. The only question I seem to get is where is the help for them they hear about so often in the media? Where is all of the money? Where is the UN? A long list of the same questions I have had thrown my way for the past 2 years now.
I sadly have no answers for them as I am unable to find a UN presence offering hands on assistance past wanting to gather the stories of tragedy for their records, there is a great lack of support for the Syrians who have recently fled Syria, I can only find local collections of people trying to help, and my own organisation now trying to offer what assistance we can.

Thousands have entered Turkey through Bab Al Salam in the past week, with thousands more having had to take dangerous, illegal crossings as they do not hold passports & they recently stopped allowing Syrians to enter without passports.

I found an elderly lady crying in the streets of Kilis with her hand badly cut open and clothing torn after a dangerous and scary journey for her, she injured herself on the barbed wire leaving Syria. She cried saying she had done nothing wrong, her home was destroyed and she had nowhere to go, what can she do.

There is no sight to an end to the war in Syria, a minimum of around 6000 people are leaving Syria daily, many with nowhere to go and millions displaced.

I cannot quite describe what it feels like to see people starving, cold, scared and with no security in any way. It leaves me sleepless, it leaves me with guilt, it leaves me to only wonder what on earth is happening in our world and why are we 3 years into a war in Syria, nearly half of the country having fled for assistance elsewhere, and countless dead. How on earth is this possible.

I don’t meet any Syrian in Kilis who has just crossed without a terrible sadness to share with me, they just lost their child, their wife, their husband, all so fresh and without time to even heal from their pains as they have to instantly struggle for survival on the streets of Kilis.

Homeless in Kilis.

Homeless in Kilis. A young Syrian girl finds herself on the streets of Kilis having recently left Syria.

From the young children to the elderly, every soul of Syria has their story and every story matters in our world. Every soul matters in our world.

These people coming to Kilis right now, and across every border are the people who matter, the civilians, those who are important and forgotten often in war. Please think of the people.
Nobody should be homeless in our world; a world of such vast resources, grandeur and wealth that doesn’t seem to hold equality.

I will share more from Kilis shortly, things are just very busy right now and I wanted to share something in this moment. All I can ask is for one simple thing…

Remember humanity in our world. Please.

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Love from your Soul…

28 Sep

As I wake to yet another glorious sunny morning in England, with birds singing all around, a wave of calm & peace fills the air and I take time count my blessings.

I have much I could complain about in my life, in many cases things are quite bad actually and I have many problems personally, but I always keep perspective.

But, I stop and feel no need to complain truly. I am alive & healthy. I reflect on all I have seen in Syria to date. Thousands are starving right now, homeless, displaced, disabled for life, unable to get their children medicine for illnesses, limbless, suffering severe loss like we will never truly understand in other democracies around the world.

No doubt, the things in Syria I have seen have changed me greatly as a person. All for a much better person to really strive to help others in life now, to always keep love in my heart no matter what & to never hold an ounce of hate in my soul.

As I think of those moments as I travel through blood stained derelect streets, I recall the lifeless children, unable to save after being hit at random by shelling & rockets dropped at random from above. I think of all the young men I have watched die because of lack of medical care available. I think off the young children, the families living hungry every day, many without even access to clean water. 12 year old girls telling me of their horrendous rape stories. The things I could tell you, you would not believe unless you have seen for yourself also.

I still sometimes find it hard to believe the things I have seen inside Syria & how on earth this can be happening in this day in age.

We always say, ‘things could be much worse’ to one another when going through hard times, but truly, how many stop and do realise this? How many count your blessings daily. How many strive to do anything to help another in need & how much just talk about this.

One thing I can say that affects me the most, is even in the most difficult time the people inside Syria are facing, I have never in my life experienced such beauty & kindness. I am always in awe at how they can be like this. Through the most difficult times they are experiencing, families take time to help me, take me in, give me somewhere to sleep, something to eat while trying to cater to my dietary preferences regardless of my objections and the difficulty to source food. They clean me up, give me clothes to wear, treat me like their family, and worry for me, while their own family has suffered great loss beyond your imagination. Even with this, they object to me so strongly trying to give them any money, something they desperately need.
When I leave from my short visits with families, I am overwhelmed with gifts from little children of any kind to remember them by they tell me. From fruit from a tree they picked if they have that around, a tissue, a necklace, anything possible. Such kindness & love with everything happening to them.

   

Such kindness I don’t think I will ever experience again, it certainly is a life changing experience and brings great sadness within when I look around at how we treat each other on a daily basis.

I have had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful people in England in the past few weeks, some within the Syrian communities and feel so touched by the love and dedication in their hearts. Many having changed their own lives to give to Syria with just about keeping their mortgage paid to send the rest to help those starving & in need in Syria. Many doing anything they can to help in any way in Syria in a humanitarian manner. It’s truly admirable.

Families that have once take me in, helped me have since been killed. These families I have stayed with were just trying to stay indoors, away from any trouble, not fighting on either side in any way. Just dreaming of their children to go to school safely, fathers wanting to have work to provide for their families, just dreaming of normal lives than we all take for granted daily.

I can only feel inspired by such beauty in life. If they can take me in, a complete stranger into their lives through the worse horrors imaginable, then surely we can all be doing more to help one another on a daily basis.

No matter what hate is put out into your world, always release it. Keep peace & love in your heart always, and always help another in need, no matter how big or small. There is so much we can do to help one another, a friend in need, family in need, stranger in need. This is what life is all about, helping one another in this world. It’s about spreading a message of peace & love through everyone’s soul.

Appreciate the beauty around you and share it with others, banish the hate. Hate will only bred more hate and this is something I have witnessed in life grow deeper and it’s an awful thing.

Never live where you will hold regret, wish you could have done more, changed something, do it, live in right now. There are no excuses.

Stop and think, what can you do better, how can you be better in life, we all can always be better, we can and should always be learning and changing to be better people in life. Make a change. Do something great today, help another. Keep love in your heart.

If you want to help those in need in Syria, I recommend these 2 organisations as I have personally watched their great hands on work to get aid into Syria. Things are deteriorating rapidly daily. The situation is out of control in Syria and like no other war crisis situation you can imagine. You are only seeing a small percentage of what is happening in the news.

Human Care Foundation Worldwide
www.hcfww.org

If you want any further information on the best ways to help those in need in Syria, please feel free to get in touch.

With Peace & Love,

Yasmin x