Syria Speaks: Syrian Refugee Amin Ahmed Comes to Notre Dame


Location: DeBartolo Hall, Room 155

Syrian refugee and activist Amin Ahmed will give a firsthand account of the refugee crisis and participate in a Q&A. Come hear his voice on behalf of the millions of silenced refugees. After the Assad regime’s crackdown in 2011, Ahmed joined an effort to secretly aid wounded and sick civilians. When his work was discovered in 2012, he was forced to flee. Now in America, he has joined the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, a coalition of over 50 organizations who have combined forces to raise awareness and emergency funds for disaster relief agencies working on the ground in the Middle East.

He will be joined by Georgette Bennett, founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees and president of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. Bennett has also served in the U.S. State Department Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative’s working group, which developed recommendations for the Secretary of State on countering religion-based violence. Together, they will share their unique perspectives on the refugee crisis and tell us what we can do to help. Approximately 30 minutes will be available for Q&A.

Information about how to help refugees in the South Bend area will also be made available.

This event is cosponsored by the Graduate Theological Society at Notre Dame, the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, and the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees.

Please note: due to the danger faced by our guest no photos will be allowed at this event.