September 24th, 2016

Harvard scholar will visit Alcester to assess Syrian situation

Updated: 9:10 am, May 20, 2016

THE military situation in Syria and the Middle East will come under the microscope when Harvard scholar Shashank Joshi addresses the next meeting of the Alcester Refugee Fund (ARF).

The Royal United Services Institute research fellow is an expert on the region and will be able to offer a rare insight into this war-ravaged part of the world and the diplomatic efforts to resolve it.

Joining him on the platform will be refugee worker Emma Worrall, the longest serving member of the charity Open Doors – the beneficiary of ARF’s fund raising – which has been working to ease the situation in the camps in the Middle East.

“Shashank was recommended to us by our local MP Nadhim Zahawi, for although everyone has a rough idea of what’s happening out there, there is nothing that really offers an in-depth appraisal of the region and he is uniquely qualified to give us that,” said local resident Frank Wood of ARF, who has himself visited Syria to see the situation for himself.

“Emma led the fact finding mission to Erbil in Syria that I was part of and she will speak of her experiences in the camps and those of other charity workers.”

The event is on Friday, June 3 at Alcester Town Hall at 7.30pm and is free to attend, with a retiring plate at the end of the evening.

Places are limited and anyone who wants to go along should give Mr Wood a call on 01789 400300.