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Life Under Siege: A RHUL Middle East Society Event
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Life Under Siege: A RHUL Middle East Society Event

Alice Barnes-Brown attended the inspiring and eye-opening event earlier this month and gives details of the experience. On Tuesday 2nd February, Royal Holloway’s very own Middle East society welcomed two incredible speakers, different in language and ethnicity but united by war and terror. Those in attendance were able to get a glimpse into the lives of people who come to Europe as refugees, but hope one day to return to the land they know as home. In peaceful, leafy Egham, it is easy to forget about the people behind the news stories – their experiences, their emotions, their fears. Ahmad and Bashar reminded us why we should do more to help political refugees, and why we shouldn’t subscribe to the demonization they face in the press.   Bashar, a law student at the Un...
Family of Missing Royal Holloway Student Fear Escape to Syria
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Family of Missing Royal Holloway Student Fear Escape to Syria

The family of a missing Royal Holloway student Zubair Nur, have alerted Scotland Yard, fearing he may be en route to Syria, after the College contacted them to report he had not attended lectures since January of this year. Nur, who started at Royal Holloway in September studying Petroleum Geology, is suspected to have flown to Turkey in an attempt to then cross the border into Syria to join ISIS extremists. In the weeks before his disappearance friends of the first year student became increasingly concerned after he began sharing posts on social media praising extremist leaders and ideology. Nur had been assistant head boy at his sixth form in Surrey, and those who knew him well say his recent behaviour was very ‘out of character’. The Daily Mail have reported that a full Interpol m...