“What a Relief” podcast 1: Building Bridges with Language Translation, Abdallah Shawky Talks Syrian Refugee Response

Listen to regional coordinator for Islamic Relief USA’s Disaster Response Team Abdallah Shawky, talk about this experience from the beaches of Greece where he aided refugees first-hand, on this episode of “What a Relief!”, IRUSA’s official podcast.

Sent to Greece to physically aid refugees arriving via glorified rubber rafts and overcrowded wooden boats, Abdallah Shawky delivers more than just his experience as a disaster responder for Islamic Relief USA. Shawky brought back stories that emphasize how important language translation and cultural mediation are to helping refugees.

“I like to think of myself of someone who stays in the know,” said Abdallah Shawky. “I got there, and I had no idea.”

Listen to his rude awakening about the situation on the ground, the stories of refugees he met, and the most powerful, yet most underestimated way he learned to help refugees.

“What a Relief!” is the official podcast of Islamic Relief USA. Co-hosted by social media specialist B.C. Dodge, and Mordant Mahon, IRUSA’s “What a Relief!” puts a human face on what’s going on in the world and how you can enact positive change in it. New episodes every week!

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