“Dr Mustafa Alachkar is the founder of Celebrating Syria: a festival of arts and culture. This event in Manchester enables Syrians in the UK to celebrate their culture and also to share it with their British friends and neighbours.
In this lecture Mustafa will explore the role of culture and cultural identity in enhancing the resilience of Syrian refugees – the things that help them rebuild their lives in the UK despite the traumas they have experienced in Syria, during their journey to the UK, and in the UK itself.
Mustafa was born in Syria and came to the UK in 2005 to specialise in psychiatry. He is now a consultant psychiatrist and a psychotherapist working in the NHS. He also volunteers with Rethink Rebuild Society, a Manchester-based community organisation and charity that supports and advocates for Syrians across the UK.
This lecture is part of the 2020 Oxford Human Rights Festival, which is led by MA Development and Emergency Practice students and funded by Oxford Brookes University, with the aim of raising awareness of human rights issues through the arts.