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The Syrian Refugee Crisis

  • Hinckley Caucus Room 332 South 1400 East, Building 73 Room 110 Salt Lake City, UT, 84112 United States (map)

Salem Ajluni, UN Consultant

Freeman Stevenson, Activist and fighter, YPG Militia

Ajluni is a former academic economist and former UN economist stationed in the Middle East.  Ajluni currently works as a private consultant to a number of UN organizations with operations in the Middle East.   Since 2013, the bulk of Ajluni's work has been on measuring and analyzing the impact of Syrian refugee flows on the neighbouring countries of Lebanon and Jordan.  In addition, he serves as a Board Member of the Amaan Charitable Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in San Jose, California to assist Syrian and other refugees arriving in Northern California.   The Amman Charitable Foundation is a project of the Arab American Cultural Center of Silicon Valley.

Stevenson graduated from Utah's Snow College in 2015.  Stevenson was inspired by the Kurdish-led YPG revolutionary struggle in northern Syria to join them in their fight against Daesh (the Islamic State).  He travelled to Syria and fought with the YPG militia for ten months in 2016.  Stevenson witnessed firsthand the plight of families caught up in the complicated and brutal war being fought in Syria, with many seeking refuge outside the country.

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