Throughout its rich history of trade, migration and empire, the East African coast – from Eritrea in the north to Mozambique in the south – has developed a unique cultural, religious and demographic identity that makes it distinct from the rest of the African continent.
At Pink Jinn, we are all about supporting small businesses, women-owned businesses and social enterprises. Here’s a list of some of our favourite socially conscious brands from the Middle East and North Africa which provide fair wages and employment opportunities to local people – particularly women and refugees.
We are delighted to introduce to the Pink Jinn Souq two new products: The DAMASCUS and PALMYRA crochet clutch bags. These beauties were made by a women’s cooperative in Syria which provides employment to women who have lost their livelihoods as a result of the conflict.
With Covid-19 causing chaos throughout the world, we decided to conduct a series of interviews with people across the Middle East and North Africa to try to understand how the effects are being felt across the region. In this interview, social entrepreneur Noora Sharrab shares her reflections.
Food is one of the best ways to break down cultural boundaries. Relationships are built over a shared meal or a cup of coffee, regardless of one’s background, ethnicity, class or religion. It’s the ultimate equaliser and a wonderful way to share one’s culture. The Middle East is famous worldwide for its incredible cuisine, from … Continue reading 3 ethical food projects helping victims of conflict in the Middle East
These five awe-inspiring change-makers are using their platforms - along with their vision, passion and determination - to empower communities and shape culture in the Middle East and beyond, and we’re so excited to share them with you!
Since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, more than half of the country’s 21 million strong population has been displaced. Around 5 million of these people are living as refugees outside of Syria. While the civil war and the refugee ‘crisis’ have been met with feelings of hopelessness and despair around the world, a number … Continue reading 5 initiatives using food to support Syrian refugees
On World Refugee Day, we think everyone should read An Unsafe Haven by Nada Awar Jarrar. The book is fictional and a relatively easy read, but it contains a clear and important message about the way we see the Syrian conflict and its victims. It shows the destabilising effects of the war on neighbouring Lebanon … Continue reading An Unsafe Haven: Essential Reading on World Refugee Day
When leaving their homes, families and friends to escape war-torn countries, refugees take only what is most important to them. For Rami Basisah, this was his violin. He wrapped it in clingfilm, strapped it to his back and began his journey, which saw him cover 4,000 miles both by foot and by boat, crossing eight … Continue reading The refugee who fled Syria with nothing but a violin: Pink Jinn talks to Rami about his new album
6,000 migrants live in the bitter cold limbo of the Calais 'Jungle.' Volunteering there this weekend at a clinic run by The Hummingbird Project, I was shocked by the inhumane conditions in which these people live so close to home. UNHCR Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan seems luxurious in comparison to the slum-like conditions of the … Continue reading Into the Jungle