Help Syrian Olympian Azad Al-Barazi Save Refugees Fleeing to Greece

2016 Olympian Azad Al-barazi is trying to help Syrian refugees fleeing to Greece.  Al-barazi, who holds dual Syrian-US citizenship, is an LA County ocean lifeguard and a University of Hawaii graduate who has chosen to volunteer his time this winter helping those displaced by the war in Syria.

In the video below, Al-barazi explains the perils that refugees fleeing war-torn Syria face on the open ocean.  As he points out, casualties are high.  Al-barazi, in addition to his years of experience serving as a beachfront lifeguard, has medical experience and is bilingual–skills he believes he can use to make a difference and save lives–but he needs help to fund his mission.

If you want to contribute you can via PayPal – [email protected] or Venmo – azadalbarazi.

While Al-barazi represented Syria in Rio at the 2016 Olympic Games, two other Syrian swimmers participated as members of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team.  Rami Anis and Yusra Mardini both swam in Rio after fleeing Syria.  Yusra Mardini became a center of media attention over the summer after winning her preliminary heat in the 100 butterfly in Rio.  Mardini’s inspirational story illustrates the plight of many refugees fleeing the Middle East for Europe–the motor of the boat she was traveling in died miles offshore of Greece, forcing Mardini and her sister, Sarah, and two others to get in the water and push the boat to shore.  Considering her bravery, determination, and accomplishments in Rio, Mardini was named one of Time Magazine’s most influential teens of 2016.

Mardini and the others on her boat survived their journey, though many others have not and continue to perish in the open water, and this has struck a nerve with Al-barazi, who is self-funding his trip to Greece to aid in the crisis and hopefully save lives.  If you want to contribute you can via PayPal – atbar[email protected] or Venmo – azadalbarazi.

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xenon

idk this just reeks of bs. He should have made a gofund me where you can see how much is donated and how far along the goal is. Not to be an a hole but people run charity scams all the time. Paypal donations is what people use for illegal gambling. If it is really for a genuine cause, I hope the guy reconsiders and makes a gofundme.

Cindy Brown

He’s actually a good friend of my daughter. I remember when she told me he was doing this, it truly humbled her. He’s the real deal. He’s honest, he’s good.

Hodges

No

G.I.N.A

Greeks don’t want them & can’t afford to host .

Claveria

Go there and help, you moron!

Hswimmer

You’re a ridiculous person.

G.I.N.A

Ich wusche ihn einen merry christmas .

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Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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