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Weʼre raising £10,000 to help Airwars advocate on behalf of civilians in Syria

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Running for peace

Hi, I'm Abdul. I happen to be a Syrian refugee living in London which is my second home now. When I was little, I thought long distance runners were super-strong people who could do anything they want. When I tried to run in Aleppo, I did not make it more than 10 minutes, but now I am running a series of half-marathons and marathons every month. I am also running to break stereotypes about refugees not being integrated. It is a chance for me to talk to various people about Syria, refugees issues, and especially to people who, somehow, don’t know any refugee and feel awkward when talking to someone. Often the conversation stops when people know I am from Syria and they don’t know what to say, I believe that by reaching out to various people, we could make everyone aware that there is no difference between a refugee and a local. My aim is to run an event every month and I plan not to stop until the war stops. This year, I can’t travel outside the UK as I don’t have any travel documents , so I have decided to run in various places in the U.K. I didn’t get a ballot place for London Marathon, so I will make it by running elsewhere. The list below is only until October, and I am still trying to find more events for November, December and next year.

I have been running away from war for the last seven years, now I am running for a cause, I am running for Airwars.

Upcoming running events:

March 4th: Vitality Big Half Marathon, London

March 18th: Sage Reading Half Marathon

April 29th: ABP Newport Marathon, Wales

May 20th: Hackney Half Marathon, London

June 10th: St Albans Half Marathon

July 1st: Richmond Park Half Marathon

August 5th: Wimbledon Half Marathon

Sept 16th: Ipswich Half Marathon

October 7th: Cardiff Half Marathon

Why I'm Running For Airwars :

Running isn’t just fun to me, it’s a way to raise awareness and money, to seek justice for civilians killed in my country, Syria. It's not just local parties to the civil war who are wreaking havoc. Lots of foreign powers are also bombing Syria - including the US, the UK, Russia, Turkey, and Iran. Airwars is a transparency project which aims for transparency and accountability from various belligerents in Syria - and I work in their London office. We have tracked over 6,000 reported civilian casualty incidents. So far, out of 15 countries bombing Syria only the USA and Australia admit killing civilians by mistake. The UK claims that hundreds of their own missiles have never harmed a civilian in Syria. The money I raise would help Airwars employ more researchers to keep track of the war and help seek justice for innocent victims. You can donate directly to Airwars with the following

https://airwars.org/make-a-donation/

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  • Abdulwahab Tahhan3 months ago
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    Abdulwahab Tahhan

    3 months ago

    Hackney yesterday was awesome and probably the best event I have ever run :) it was sunny and the support I got from the crowd was beyond phenomenal... best of all, I got my fellow Airwars colleagues supporting me. A massive thank you to all of the supporters who've donated to my page.

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  • Abdulwahab Tahhan4 months ago
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    Abdulwahab Tahhan

    4 months ago

    So on Sunday April 29th I did my first marathon as planned. After the finish line a couple of people talked to me about Syria since I have " refugee running for Syria" written on the back to my T-shirt. A soldier running in his uniform gave me a high5 and said "good cause". Mission does not stop here, still more races to run...

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  • Abdulwahab Tahhan5 months ago
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    5 months ago

    The big half marathon in London yesterday was such an amazing event. Though it was very cold, but I managed to cross the line in the end. I was racing against Mo Farah and was only an hour behind.... not a bad start so far...

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  • Anonymous

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    May 20, 2018

  • Joe Cornelius

    Joe Cornelius

    May 20, 2018

    Cover your nips.

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 20, 2018

    Best of luck today Abdul!

    £30.00

  • Jol

    Jol

    Apr 28, 2018

    What you’re doing is great and I am happy to support your running for airwars! Super!

    £20.00

  • Neil Wallace

    Neil Wallace

    Apr 26, 2018

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 24, 2018

    Best of luck

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 10, 2018

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Abdulwahab Tahhan

Abdulwahab Tahhan

London, UK

A Syrian refugee based in London. Researcher at Airwars.

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