‘Salam Neighbor’ gives voice to trauma of Syrian refugees
— In celebration of World Refugee Day, World Relief Akron will host a free screening of the award-winning documentary “Salam Neighbor.” Directly following the film will be a discussion panel with World Relief’s Office director as well as members from Akron’s Bhutanese refugee community and from Cleveland’s Syrian community.
This event will take place at the Akron-Summit County Public Library on June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. Parking is available in the garage adjacent to the library.
“Salam Neighbor” offers the unique opportunity to be immersed into the experience of a Syrian refugee living in Jordan. These filmmakers were the first non-refugees ever allowed to register and live inside the Za’atari refugee camp, located just seven miles from the Syrian border. The film gives voice to the trauma of the refugees, their spirit of perseverance, and the strong hope they have for the future.
World Relief’s mission is to empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable and is an international relief organization founded in 1944. Its local Akron office focuses on refugee resettlement services and, in partnership with the local church, has been helping families start new lives and empowering them towards self-sufficiency since early 2015. For info, visit WorldReliefAkron.org.