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Musiqana, a Syrian band based in Berlin, Germany, performs during a concert on December 18, 2016, marking their record release. The musicians from left: Alaa Zaitouna, Adel Sabawi, Abdallah Rahhal, Bila Hammour and Hazem Nassreddine. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber).

Instead of bombs there were beats. Guitars took over for guns. And there were cheers, not screams. But Aleppo was never far from the minds of the band Musiqana and the crowd at its record release concert in Berlin.

“I didn’t know if I should cry or be happy,” said Samaa Hijazi, a 20-year-old medical student has been in Germany about five years but grew up in Syria. “I was thinking about the times my father sang these songs. I sang them together with my brother. And they are all still in Syria.”

Lead singer Abdallah Rahhal, 28, is an Aleppo native, and the band’s music is the city’s version of Arab Tarab, a traditional Arab music often referred to as “musical euphoria,” with emotional and poetic lyrics.

They’ve been working on the five-track, self-produced recording called “The Beautiful One” since forming as a band in January, but almost called off the release party, saying it didn’t feel right to celebrate and dance while the humanitarian disaster in and around Aleppo continued.

But in the end, they decided it was better to go ahead with the performance on Dec. 18, bringing their Tarab songs, known to most in the Arab world, to a European audience.

“Every day there is tragedy, and every day we play music,” said guitar player Adel Sabawi, who is from Damascus. “We came here not to make the people happy but we have a message: it is true that we are displaced, but we have music, and we have traditional music, and we try to bring it here.”

The five band members are all recent arrivals, part of a wave of hundreds of thousands who have made their way to Germany over the past two years. They met at an event called “refugees in concert,” and have since played more than two dozen concerts as a band, the largest one with the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra in front of 1,500 people.

The record release concert drew a mix of Germans and Syrians to a 1920s venue that used to be a silent film cinema before becoming a vegetable warehouse in what was once East Berlin.

Many Germans had come to learn more about the Syrian culture of the migrants that are living next to them.

“I was simply curious,” said Heike Winter after the concert. “I wanted to get to know these people and their music. And I’m really happy that they brought their culture here.”

Rahhal said the last 12 months has provided the band the opportunity to “tell the German people about our culture. About our music. About how we make parties.”

He says he also hopes interacting with his German hosts will help them see him and his bandmates as something other than refugees.

“Refugee, that’s not my name. And it is not my work. I’m a singer. I’m a Syrian man,” he said. “But the problem is that my situation is that I’m a refugee. It is only the situation.”

Originally reported by Associated Press.

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The European Union launched a program on Monday to issue monthly electronic cash grants to benefit a million refugees in Turkey, as part of a deal under which Ankara will curb the numbers trying to enter Europe.

The Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) will give refugees pre-paid cards for food, housing, schooling or medical expenses in Turkey.

Earlier this year, EU countries approved a fund of 3 billion euros ($3.37 billion) to help Turkey improve living conditions for some 3 million Syrian migrants on its territory. The ESSN is part of that deal.

“Today we launch the biggest and largest humanitarian project the EU has ever supported. It will provide a basic source of income for 1 million Syrian refugees,” Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said at a news conference.

“The ESSN is perfect proof of the EU’s commitment to tackle the challenge posed by the refugee crisis,” he said.

The EU is also funding other humanitarian projects in Turkey. But President Tayyip Erdogan has accused the bloc of not following through on its financial pledges.

More than a million migrants entered the European Union after crossing from Turkey to Greece by boat last year. Since Turkey agreed to prevent people from setting sail from its shores, the numbers taking that route have fallen dramatically.

On Turkey’s criticism that the promised EU aid for refugees was slow to arrive, Stylianides said he held discussions with Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik on the issue.

“I think now minister Celik recognizes and realizes that this process for all European funding is going well and I think day by day the situation is getting better,” he said.

The ESSN will be implemented by the World Food Programme and the Turkish Red Crescent, in collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policy and the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency.

Originally reported by Reuters.

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For refugees and migrants stuck in Greece, a smartphone is a lifeline — as long as its battery lasts.

But access to electricity can be hard to find in overcrowded camps, nor is it always free in cafes where young and old crowd together over a socket, waiting anxiously to phone home.

A team of students from Edinburgh University is hoping to change that, having designed a mobile phone charging station powered only by the sun – something Greece has plenty of.

They have installed two units in camps, each configured to generate electricity for 12 plugs an hour using solar energy alone, providing free power to as many as 240 people per unit each day.

The idea was borne out of a visit last summer of one of the founders, 20-year-old Alexandros Angelopoulos, to the island of Samos, one of the entry points into Europe for nearly a million people fleeing wars and poverty in the Middle East and beyond.

Hundreds arrived on its shores each day, soaked and exhausted from clinging onto rubber boats from Turkey. Relieved to have made it, they snapped selfies. Others logged on to messaging applications and Google Maps to plan their onward journey to northern Europe.

“People started asking for my phone to call family and to use the internet,” Angelopoulos said. Often, they were stranded at the port sharing one plug.

“We just wanted to make a positive contribution to local communities through renewable energy,” said co-founder Samuel Kellerhals, 21.

The first two units of Project Elpis — which means “hope” in Greek — were designed and built with the help of Greek solar technology company Entec. The pair said they had to overcome red tape along the way.

“Initially it was quite difficult. Everything in Greece is quite bureaucratic,” Angelopoulos said.

Now, another three units are in the works with money raised through crowdfunding, a method of generating funds from a large number of people via the internet. Its founders hope to reach as many of the dozens of camps around Greece as possible.

At the Kara Tepe camp on Lesbos where the first unit was installed, authorities and residents are thrilled.

“I told them – you should’ve brought it yesterday and not one, but four,” said Stavros Miroyannis, who manages the camp for families which is run by the local municipality.

“They’ve promised me three more and I’m expecting them with great pleasure.”

Miroyannis hopes to one day power the entire site using solar energy. Solar panels have already replaced street lamps.

“This is a gift from God,” he said, pointing to the blazing sun.

Posted with permission from Reuters.

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