Syrian Refugees’ Concert Moves Brussels Residents To Tears
Basel Khalil, 54, lives at the Lanaken refugee camp in Belgium. He used to teach flamenco and guitar at the Russian Cultural Center in Damascus, but was forced to flee from Syria when he refused to perform for president Bashar Assad.
On Thursday, he found himself on stage again with several other Syrian performers for “Syrians Got Talent,” a concert in Brussels organized by volunteers to showcase the artistic prowess of some of Belgium’s newest residents.
Lotus Abou Saeb, a 20-year-old from Damascus who now lives in Antwerp, played the violin. Talal, 27, is a drummer who made it from Suweida to Belgium in only 11 days. They played traditional Syrian music and also sang numbers by the Belgian musician Jacques Brel.
Jens Muller, one of the event’s three organizers, told Brussel Niews that he and his friends already been helping refugees for the past few months, but they noticed that refugees weren’t really able to make use of their talents. The evening was meant to show that refugees “are people like us” and have talents just like us, he said.
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