Thousands of people have been killed in the severe earthquake that has hit Turkey and Syria. Local universities and students have suspended education and are collecting emergency relief aid. Students in the Netherlands are also keen to do whatever they can to help.
Bij de zware aardbeving in Turkije en Syrië zijn duizenden mensen omgekomen. Plaatselijke universiteiten en studenten staken het onderwijs en zamelen hulpmiddelen in. Ook in Nederland zitten studenten niet stil.
The father of UT student Mohamad Mahayri (28) owned a chocolate factory. ‘Oh yes, I could eat all the chocolate I wanted. But the factory was near Aleppo and it was destroyed in the war.’ So was Mahayri’s university, which was shot down during an air strike. Shortly after, he decided to come to the Netherlands, and a few weeks ago he obtained his bachelor's degree in International Business Administration at the UT.
Can one be hopeful about starting anew, having experienced the worst – ‘a war’? The symposium ‘The Will Power of The People of Syria’ organized yesterday in the Vrijhof by Studium Generale in cooperation with the association Connecting Hands shed light onto how one can make the most of a war situation.