Chicken Kabseh Recipe

.   One of the great things about travel is discovering different foods.  I love mooching round supermarkets in whichever foreign city I am in to see what local delights they have, and what imports we might recognise. On my recent trip to Amman we had Kabseh for lunch one day and I fell in

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A day at Azraq camp

I wasn’t sure what to expect during our day at the Azraq refugee camp, 80Km from the Syria border.   I have so much I want to say, so much to process and share.  I wanted to get this out though as we have just half an hour before dinner. The white shelters are iconic

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Daed and Manar’s story

.   Desperate.  That is how I would describe Da’ed and Manar’s lives now.   The two sisters living in a basement flat with not only bars at the window but also boards up so they can’t see out.   Presumably also so people cannot see in.   Maybe it is the lack of natural

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A post about Friendship

This is a post about friendship.   I need to process the things we have seen today, and think about the people we have met before I fall asleep and of all the stories we have heard today the overwhelming thread to is all is friendship. Two different families hosted us today, in an area

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Schooling Syrian Refugee children

In three classrooms of a school in Irdib, the third largest city in Jordan just 20 miles from the Syrian border, is a school.   From the outside it looks like any other.   A basketball court to the side, an area for playing football at the back.   Nestled amongst houses and small businesses

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Aintifar’s story

. Four years ago in the middle of night Aintifar woke to the sound of shelling.   Louder than usual she soon realised that her house had been hit.   The house she lived in with her husband, who worked in construction,  and five of her six children, the eldest, Muayed away in Lebanon doing

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#BarefootCoatless — Syria five years on

. I am off to Jordan today, for four days, accompanying WorldVisionUK as they look to mark five years since the conflict in Syria caused the largest migration of people since the second world war.   As part of the charity’s #BarefootCoatless campaign we will be visiting refugee camps and also meeting refugees living with host

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Preparing to go away on another trip

“You all packed?” “Hell no, I have to go to the tip yet, take down the Christmas lights, phone the dishwasher repair man, take two chinchillas to the vet, clean out the fridge, get my car cleaned, do a food shop, Hoover the spare bedroom, write 16 over due reviews, drop something off to my

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