19 Days- Local Film Makers Explore the Lives of Refugees in Calgary

Local Film Makers Explore the Lives of Refugees in Calgary

Asha and Roda Siad are Somali-Canadian documentary filmmakers based in Calgary. Their interests are in human rights issues, migration and using media as a tool for advocacy. Their last project, Living at the Border received an Amnesty International Canada Media Award for online journalism.

The sisters will be screening their National Film Board documentary 19 Days on June 20 2016 which also marks the UN World Refugee Day. The documentary explores the first 19 days of five refugee families from Syria, Burundi, and Sudan as they stay at the Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre in Calgary.

One of the gifted filmmakers, Roda, took the time to answer questions we had regarding the inspiration for the film and the message they hoped they film would convey. (more…)

Calgary Family Grapples with Kidnapping of Father in Yemen

A Calgary family wants to raise awareness of the crisis in Yemen after their Father, Dr. Abdulkader Al-Guneid, was kidnapped on August 5th.

It is easy to forget the situation in Yemen because it is a crisis 12,000 kilometers away from Calgary. But it has hit too close to home for Calgarian Nagwan Al-Guneid. Nagwan’s father, Dr. Abdulkader Al-Guneid, a prominent physician and a media voice of Taiz, the third largest city of Yemen, was abducted by eight Houthi armed militants. The militants looted the house and dragged out Al-Guneid barefoot in front of his wife. To this date, his whereabouts remain unknown.


#ShareHumanity Campaign – United Nations World Humanitarian Day

On August 19th 2003, the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq was bombed. This attack claimed the lives of 22 people and is considered one of the deadliest attacks ever directed at the UN. In 2008, the UN General Assembly designated August 19th as World Humanitarian Day in honor of the people who risk their lives providing humanitarian assistance worldwide.

The theme for World Humanitarian Day 2015 is ‘Inspiring The World’s Humanity’. The United Nations invites individuals around the world to join any humanitarian organization near them and promote the message of humanity by taking a social action and sharing it on social networks using the hashtag #ShareHumanity.

“In a world that is ever more digitally connected, each of us has the power and responsibility to inspire our fellow human beings to act to help others and create a more humane world.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Share your stories and become a Messenger of Humanity on August 19th!


How You Can Help Victims of the Nepal Earthquake

On April 25th 2015, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on the moment magnitude scale rattled the landlocked country of Nepal, which is situated on the boundary of the Indo Australian and Eurasia tectonic plates and is thus prone to earthquakes. What makes this earthquake particularly devastating is that it was a shallow quake (estimated at occurring only 15km below the epicenter), it created a movement of the earth of approximately 3km and it occurred in a densely populated area of greater Kathmandu and Pokhara.

According to Security General Ban Ki-moon, there are 8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. As of April 27th, 1.4 million are in need of food assistance, over 3 thousand people are confirmed dead or missing and 6.8 thousand people are injured. (more…)

Celebrating the First Day of Spring with “Nowruz”

Nowruz is a compound word in the Persian language that translates to “new day”. In 2010, the UN General Assembly recognized the International Day of Nowruz as a cultural tradition of Persian origin celebrated by several countries to mark the first day of spring (http://www.un.org/en/events/nowruzday/). In Iran, Nowruz is the most important holiday as it also represents the first day of the new year based on the Shamsi Hijri calendar.


Alberta’s Women in Poverty


Alberta’s economy is undoubtedly one of the strongest in Canada with its large production of conventional crude oil and petrochemicals.  In recent years, the booming economy has created a high rate of growth with around 4 million people  now calling Alberta home. The job opportunities in the oil and gas sector are seemingly endless and the lifestyle of many Albertans reflects that of its successful economy. The average weekly earnings in Alberta is estimated at $1,131. This amount is higher than the weekly earnings of any other province in Canada. (more…)

Sports & Peace: How the FIFA World Cup Unites


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It’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement of the FIFA World Cup – after all, it is the Olympics of football (commonly known as ‘soccer’ in North America) for millions of fans and it is hailed as being the great global unifier by FIFA and promotional companies around the world. Sweat, tears, dramatic dives, cheers and the roars of a fans in stadiums and bars. What is it about the FIFA World Cup that gets total strangers high fiving and hugging each other? (more…)

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