The Truth About Refugees in Europe

the truth about refugees

The Truth About Refugees in Europe, with Suzie Abdou
in conversation with Lilah Khoja

As we know, the situation for many refugees coming out of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries is dire. If you've ever been a refugee or had challenging immigration issues, you can identify with their plight.

International development specialist Suzie Abdou, a native of Egypt, has recently turned from working in the field, where she led a needs assessment and served refugees in Greece, Serbia and France. She and her colleagues documented everything from corruption at the highest levels to abuse of refugees at the hands of the French police.

Suzie will share what she observed to help raise awareness of what's really going on with our people from the Middle East fleeing war, police states and oppression. She will be in conversation with Lilah Khoja who works on refugees issues with the Karam Foundation. Read an op-ed by Bono on why the refugee crisis affects us all.

The Truth About Refugees, at The Markaz, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., LA 90035 (between La Cienega & Fairfax). Street parking. 

Reserve online below or call 323.413.2001 (RSVPs are recommended but not mandatory).

suzie abdouSuzie Abdou is an expert on democracy and women’s issues in the MENA region. She recently returned from the Jordan field office of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs where she served as the Manager of their Women’s Political Participation & Parliamentary Development Program. Suzie was the Director of Global Programs at Women's Voices Now, where she was responsible for developing and implementing their international programs including traveling their short film festival, “Women's Voices from the Muslim World.” Previously, she worked on State health legislation for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Suzie has worked in entertainment law, handling, among other transactions, licensing for television and radio. She has worked for several Arab film festivals both domestically and internationally including the Dubai International Film Festival, Tunisian Film Festival in Los Angeles, and the Arab Film Festival in Los Angeles. Suzie is regularly called upon by American Public Media radio programs “Take Two”, “Real Talk with Larry Mantle” and formerly on “The Madeleine Brand Show” as well as the NBC network television program “Nonstop News L.A.”, speaking on the 2011 Egyptian revolution and its aftermath. Suzie is fluent in Arabic and has lived in and traveled throughout the Middle East and North Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University, and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of California Riverside.  Find her on Twitter: @suzieabdou and IG: suzieabdou. 

lilah khojaLilah Khoja is the Advocacy Coordinator at Karam Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring the dignity and quality of life for people affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria by eliminating barriers to success through innovative education, entrepreneurial development, and community-driven aid. As Advocacy coordinator, she is responsible for compiling regular reports on the situation of Syrian refugees in host countries, putting out relevant press releases and infographics, as well as updating Karam’s Giving Blog regularly. She has also been working with the Innovative Education team to establish scholarships for secondary school and college aged refugee students in the United States. She has also joined Karam on their Innovative Education missions along the Syrian border, where she bore witness to the needs and struggles of Syrian refugees. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Health Behavior & Health Education. She is focusing on refugee health and wellbeing and hopes to advocate for better solutions to the long term health problems faced by refugees.


  • May 12, 2016 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • The Markaz, 5998 W. Pico Blvd LA 90035
  • $5.00 USD
  • 6 people are going
  • Lynne Mangione



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