Syrian native Omar Souleyman has published a letter addressed to his homeland, which is currently in the throes of a refugee crisis, and announced that he will begin raising and donating money to “help Syrian people fleeing to a better life elsewhere.” The musician is currently on tour in support of his most recent album, Bahdeni Nami, which came out this past July. Read his full note below via Clash:
Began in March 2013 at SXSW with a little help from many friends, all future Omar Souleyman shows dedicate to help Syrian people fleeing to a better life elsewhere. Omar Souleyman is a refugee himself, but not an exilee, alone providing for a family of 30. Together with all willing promoters of his shows he conspires to raise funds to aid the refugees in flight from Syrian situation.
We are working with a number of charities but focusing on those directly providing urgent medical care to those in need during their long, difficult and dangerous passage to a life they dream of.
Syria was heaven on earth to all of us not so long ago and there is no reason it shouldn’t be the same way again soon. In this small meantime we all must help each other as much as we can and point the world to history and understanding the true cause of all the suffering that happens now.
10/01 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
10/02 New York, NY @ Park Avenue Armory
10/03 New York, NY @ Park Avenue Armory
10/04 New York, NY @ Park Avenue Armory
10/16 Budapest, Hungary @ Budapest Electronic Beats Festival
11/06 Torino, Italy @ C2C
11/07 Dublin, Ireland @ Metropolis Festival
11/08 Madrid, Spain @ Sala La Riviera
11/28 Istanbul, Turkey @ Babylon Bomonti
12/11 Dubai, UAE @ TBD