Some of our L6th and Year 9 students took part in an Arabic Live Event organised by the British Council, in partnership with the Qatar Foundation International. Students listened to an Introduction to Arabic language and cultures and watched a live performance and conversation by Syrian American hip-hop artist Omar Offendum. Now living in Los Angeles, California, Omar is also a designer, poet and peace activist whose work blends Arabic and English words and rhythms. The event also included Zaina Erhaim, a Syrian journalist who reported on the conflict in Syria. She is currently a refugee in the UK and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)’s Communications Manager. Zaina spoke about her life in Syria before and during the war and as a refugee.