A Syrian refugee in Antigonish who shared his personal story of the civil war in his home country in a one act play has won a national award. Majd Al Zhouri received the National Fresh Voices Artivism Award at a recent ceremony in Vancouver. Al Zhouri’s award was for his Monologue “To Eat an Almond”, which debuted at the Theatre Antigonish One Act Play Festival in March; other performances followed including a Teacher In-Service. Al Zhouri says there were times he simply wanted to forget the trauma , but talking openly about living through the Syrian Civil War has helped.
The Fresh Voices Awards recognize leadership by immigrant and refugee youth in B-C to advance social change in areas such as immigration, education and cross-cultural dialogue. Al Zhouri won the only national award at the ceremony.
Little Christo’s in Antigonish is planning a Go Fund Me Day Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to assist Al Zhouri with his university education; he will enrol in enginneering at St. FX in the Fall.
To hear the entire interview with Majd Al Zhouri, follow this link: https://soundcloud.com/ken-kingston/antigonish-syrian-refugee-majd-al-zhouri-wins-national-award