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From Syria to the Six

Amidst ongoing attacks from public figures such as Donald Trump, it’s easy to forget that Syrians and other desperate refugees are, in fact, people. One person is pushing back and rolling out the red carpet: Kourosh Houshmand.

Student, journalist, and self-proclaimed “Middle-Eastern Harry Potter,” Kourosh knows firsthand the struggles of being displaced—he was born to an Iranian immigrant family in Toronto. Now, he wants to pay it forward.

On December 31, 2015, Kourosh linked up with Nazar Poladian—a newly arrived Syrian refugee—to send off the past year in style, shed some light on what it’s really like to be a Syrian refugee, and usher in the new year on a fun, positive note.