As the Portuguese consul-general in the French city of Bordeaux, he defied the orders of portuguese dictator António de Oliveira Salazar, issuing visas and passports to an undetermined number of refugees fleeing Nazi Germany, including Jews. For this, Sousa Mendes was punished by the Salazar regime.
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“I saw a Dutch guy, about 55, 60 years old, drowning in the water” Mohsen said, About 20 people had gathered on the bridge. Most of them were videotaping the floundering man with their mobile phones. But nobody was doing anything. Mohsen took off his hat and jacket. A Dutch bystander grabbed him by the […]
A group of Syrian men rescued Caitlin Duncan from New Year’s Eve sexual assault in Cologne. They formed a protective cordon around Duncan, a young American women, to help her through the crowd, offered to phone her boyfriend and searched for him with her when she could not remember his number. Among the group was […]
Johnny and Carol Bilouna a Syrian refugee couple became SES volunteers within a month of arriving in Australia. The couple joined the State Emergency Service (SES) within a month of arriving in Australia, and have since undergone training in land searches, floods and bushfires. They have helped to fix three storm damaged roofs for people […]
Omar Diop, a young undocumented Senegalese man saved a women who fell on the train racks in Donaratico in Italy.
“A group of Jewish teens and a rabbi joined forces on Sunday in a number of Moroccan cities to supply 1,500 underprivileged Muslim families with food staples for the daily meal that marks the end of each daily fast during Ramadan. The food packages were a three-way partnership organized by the International Fellowship of Christians […]
Syrian refugees in Calgary step up to help Fort McMurray fire evacuees, when Rita Khanchet saw images of a vicious wildfire destroying homes and uprooting tens of thousands of people in Fort McMurray, she immediately thought of Syria, the homeland she fled just five months ago with her husband and young son. “It’s not easy […]
Jesus Manuel Cordova, 26 years old Mexican young man, entering the U.S. rescued a 9-year-old boy looking for help after his mother crashed their van in the southern Arizona desert, he stayed with him until help arrived the next day. As temperatures dropped, he gave him a jacket, built a bonfire and stayed with him […]
Young Romas volunteer in France to feed the hungry and help the poor. For six month the program « Melting potes » pairs young Romas with french to contribute to communities in difficulties together and through that also promoting integration and learning of french.
Several Muslim-American non-profit and relief organizations joined forces to deliver 110,000 bottles of water to Flint residents last week. Volunteers distributed water as well as helped at a local food bank. “As Muslims it is our religious and civic responsibility to help our neighbors,” Amina Iqbal, director of operations of the non-profit social justice organization […]