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£652raised of £10,000 target by 27 supporters

    Weʼve raised £652 to help Airwars advocate on behalf of civilians in Syria

    London, UK
    Funded on Monday, 8th October 2018

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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 Tahhan7 months ago
      Abdulwahab Tahhan

      Abdulwahab Tahhan

      7 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 Tahhan8 months ago
      Abdulwahab Tahhan

      Abdulwahab Tahhan

      8 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 Tahhan10 months ago
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      Abdulwahab Tahhan

      10 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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    27

    • J MORTON

      J MORTON

      Aug 25, 2018

      Well done Abs!

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      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

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    Abdulwahab Tahhan

    Abdulwahab Tahhan

    London, UK

    A Syrian refugee based in London. Researcher at Airwars.

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