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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Syrians Flee to South America

Some stories

Syrian refugee flees all the way to Colombia to escape the violence at home
24 June 2013

BOGOTA, Colombia, June 24 (UNHCR) – Millions of Syrians have been displaced internally by their civil war or fled abroad, but few have gone as far as Ahmed to escape the violence. Now he is a refugee in Bogota, learning Spanish so he can support himself in Colombia.

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Argentina: An Exile Destination for Syrians Escaping the Conflict
14 February 2013

The ongoing political conflict in Syria, opposing rebel factions to government forces, has generated an influx of Syrian immigrants to Argentina since its beginning in 2011. Due to the existence of an important Syrian community in the country, many of those who had relatives here chose Argentina as their exile destination, as the lack of security and the paralysation of the economic activity in Syria obliged many families to leave their homeland.

Since the beginning of the conflict, the Argentine consulate in Damascus has seen the number of demands for visas increase by 40%.

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Published on YouTube on Sep 5, 2013

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Shakira Singing in Arabic

Shakira is a Columbian Singer of mixed heritage, part of which is Arab. This is a video of Shakira in Dubai singing in Arabic. Her father is of Lebaneses extraction. Her mother is Spanish and Italian. Her names means full of grace in Arabic.

Wikipedia: Shakira

Shakira was born on February 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia. She is the only child of Nidia Ripoll and William Mebarak Chadid. Her paternal grandparents emigrated from Lebanon to New York City, where her father was born. From her mother, Nidia Ripoll, she has Spanish (Catalan and Castilian) and Italian descent

What is interesting is that it was ethnic Arab music which started her career.

Wikipedia: Shakira

When Shakira was four, her father took her to a local Middle Eastern restaurant, where Shakira first heard the doumbek, a traditional drum used in Arabic music and which typically accompanied belly dancing. She started dancing on the table, and the experience made her realize that she wanted to be a performer. She enjoyed singing for schoolmates and teachers (and even the nuns) at her Catholic school, but in the second grade was rejected for the school choir because her vibrato was too strong. The music teacher told her that she sounded “like a goat”. At school, she says she had been known as “the belly dancer girl”, as she would demonstrate every Friday at school a number she had learned.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Islam in Columbia

This is troubling!

But if you know some Spanish and go to the YouTube video page this video is taken from you will read there is a discussion of whether or not Arabic is required to become a Muslim.

While it is not required, it is so heavily emphasized that Islam, thankfully, has the drawback of being difficult to convert to.

With a major Evangelical Revival occuring in South America, the reverse is true. Evangelical missionaries try to learn the language of the natives. The natives are not required to learn the Hebrew or Greek of the Old and New Testaments, respectively.

The upshot is that converting to Evangelical Christianity is very easy.