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Celebration Series: Palm Sunday

As part of our Celebration Series, we would like to share with you the celebration of Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday On this day, 28th March 2021, Christians worldwide are observing Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is a moveable feast, meaning the date changes every year based on the liturgical calendar, but it always falls exactly one […]

Country Series: Iran

Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran), formerly called Persia Country Information   Population: 85 million Area: 1, 648, 000 km²   Language: Although Persian (Farsi) is the predominant and official language of Iran, there are also a number of languages and dialects spoken from three different language families: Indo-European, Altaic, and Afro-Asiatic Ethnic Groups: Persians, Azeri, […]

In conversation with Frits Koppelaar, co-founder of Grenzeloos

By Francesca Celenta Grenzeloos is a restaurant and café situated in the heart of Maastricht. They offer an apprenticeship trajectory for refugees to allow them to integrate both socially and economically in Maastricht life. The Voice Project talked to Frits, the co-founder of this social enterprise to better understand how their business aims to promote […]

 

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TEAM RPM LEGT VIRTUEEL DE WEG AF VAN IDLIB NAAR MAASTRICHT

[This is an article by Nacht van de Vluchteling. To get to the original piece, click here]   16-06-2020 | 09:00 “Refugees are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, with the same hopes and ambitions as us—except that a twist of fate has bound their lives to a global refugee crisis on an unprecedented scale.” — […]

‘A highly individual journey’: Ramadan under lockdown

Praying and breaking the fast together are important elements of Ramadan. How do muslims experience Ramadan in times of lockdown? For the Belgian newswebsite MO*, writer and RPM volunteer Wim Peumans interviewed Onur, who migrated from Turkey to Belgium. For Onur the experience of Ramadan has become highly individualized, especially during the current  anti-virus measures. […]

‘Until further notice’: life under lockdown in a German asylum centre

Since the 2016 military coup attempt the number of applicants from Turkey in the EU have five-folded to a record high. But what is life like for these refugees, especially in the troubling times of the corona crisis? Writer and RPM volunteer Wim Peumans published an article on their experiences in the Belgian newswebsite MO*. […]

 

Journal

Migration and mourning: a new path to understanding in Youssouf Amine Elalamy Prize-winning novel What a Lovely War

Published in 2019, What a Lovely War [C’est beau, la guerre] is the grand champion of the Orange Book Prize in Africa, 2020. Nominated by the Senegalese committee, the author is Youssouf Amine Elalamy, a Moroccan author also known as YAE. In 1991 and after a Master’s in English Literature, he received a Fulbright scholarship […]

 

News

The European Commission’s ‘New’ Pact on Migration and Asylum

(by Áine Macdonald) In September 2020, the European Commission revealed the New Pact on Migration and Asylum (the pact) [1] , a series of long-waited reforms to the EU migration system. Hooray! Because, let’s be honest, the current system just isn’t good enough. The European Commission itself describes the pact as ‘a fresh start on […]

Migration and mourning: a new path to understanding in Youssouf Amine Elalamy Prize-winning novel What a Lovely War

Published in 2019, What a Lovely War [C’est beau, la guerre] is the grand champion of the Orange Book Prize in Africa, 2020. Nominated by the Senegalese committee, the author is Youssouf Amine Elalamy, a Moroccan author also known as YAE. In 1991 and after a Master’s in English Literature, he received a Fulbright scholarship […]

RPM stands in solidarity with the KOZP protestors

By Sarra Riahi, RPM volunteer project Voice  Maastricht – On November 15th, the annual Kick Out Zwarte Piet demonstration was supposed to take place at the Vrijthof. Yet, demonstrators were led, for security matters, to the Mosae Forum in a last-minute move. It is still unclear whether the demonstration was able to take place. One […]

 

Volunteer

Migration and mourning: a new path to understanding in Youssouf Amine Elalamy Prize-winning novel What a Lovely War

Published in 2019, What a Lovely War [C’est beau, la guerre] is the grand champion of the Orange Book Prize in Africa, 2020. Nominated by the Senegalese committee, the author is Youssouf Amine Elalamy, a Moroccan author also known as YAE. In 1991 and after a Master’s in English Literature, he received a Fulbright scholarship […]