By joining this challenge, you're going to walk in the shoes of Amira to raise awareness and funds for COHI. For three consecutive days of your choosing, you will eat her local diet and share your food images on social media, using both #inhershoesCOHI and #COHIChallengeAmira. We welcome you to also blog about your experience. Find easy downloadable social media guidelines and your shopping list below!
Amira is a 22 year-old Syrian refugee who is traveling north to Europe with her family. She has had some college education but the civil war in Syria disrupted her studies. Her young adulthood is full of conflict, as she is originally from Homs. Amira has spent the last 3 years in Damascus with her uncle and his family because of the violence and destruction in her hometown. Her uncle’s house is destroyed in clashes between rebel forces and Assad, and rather than stay in the refugee camp in Damascus, her father decides to move the family to Europe, illegally if needed.
Since the civil war began in 2011, Syria has been increasingly destabilized by splintered rebel groups and the encroachment of ISIS. So far, an estimated 450,000 civilians have been killed in skirmishes between multiple opposing forces. Over half of the country’s population, 11 million people, has been displaced.
Over 4 million civilians have fled the country as refugees. Most Syrian refugee camps are hastily constructed and poorly funded, leaving little resources or protection for mothers and children. More than 1 million refugees have sought asylum in Europe. Over 2,500 refugees have drowned in their attempts to reach Europe. Food insecurity and malnutrition plague refugees throughout their journey from initial food insecurity at home, lack of food aid in camps, to the uncertainty of food resources on the road.
You can space out your meal plan however you like, but you cannot have more than the allotted food per day.
Typical Syrian diet: ½ cup of hummus, 1½ cup of tabbouleh, ½ cup of baba ghanouj, 2 pieces of pita bread, 78 dates, 3 figs, 5 falafel balls
Typical Syrian diet limited: 2 pieces of pita bread, ½ cup of hummus, 2 falafel balls, 4 dates, 1 fig
COHI/Greek provided meal: 1 piece of pita bread, 1 turkey sandwich (french style 6” baguette with 3 slices of turkey, 2 pieces of cheese, lettuce, 2 slices of tomato, mayonnaise), 2 apples, 1 protein bar (calories ~300)