Man Connecting Syrian Refugees to Their Moms on Mother's Day Is a Hero

As the Syrian refugee crisis has rolled out over the past months and years, millions of people have escaped to relative safety, but by the same token, millions of families have split into pieces. That's hard enough on any day of the week, but on Mother's Day, it's a million times worse -- because on Mother's Day, all you want is to call your mom. Most refugees have probably assumed this is an impossibility, but one Syrian man living in Sweden is working to make happen.

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In Syria, Mother's Day is celebrated on March 21, and this year, 31-year-old Mouddar found a way to make phone calls possible between refugees and their families left at home.

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Sadly, it's not as simple as it should be. Refugees are lucky to have access to international phones, and with Mouddar's plan, they don't need one: Instead, Mouddar will broadcast their Mother's Day messages over the radio. Sounds impersonal, but sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do to talk to your mom.

Mouddar has teamed up with a Swedish charity called Refugee Phones and a popular national radio station in Syria to make his plan work: Refugee Phones will collect messages via a hotline and send them to the radio station, who will then take them and broadcast them all throughout Mother's Day.

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Back in Syria, mothers tuning in to the station will be able to hear their children and listen to their messages. While the messages might be anonymous, the hope is that mothers will be able to recognize the love and messages from their own children.

Mouddar's solution isn't going to solve the crisis, or find more people homes who need it. But it will warm hearts and bring joy back into lives, and sometimes, in the face of a war, that's the best you can hope for.

 

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