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Ranya Alkadamani
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Ranya Alkadamani is the Founder of Impact Group International. She is also behind Sweaters for Syria, a movement of people who sent over 100 000 sweaters to Syrian refugees. She was previously press secretary to former Australian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd.

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Why We Can Make a Difference in Syria

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 1:59 AM


It's now been 10 years since this photo was taken.

It has followed me to every single computer screen I have had in the last decade.

It's a time I remember fondly: waiting for the bus at the station in Homs on...

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As Still As a 5-Year-Old Kid

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 12:15 PM

For people that know me, they can understand how difficult it is for me to stay in one place -- mentally and physically. Of all the challenges I have in my yoga practice, stillness is by far the most difficult. And if you don't know me, you can get a...

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(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 1:49 PM

I went to my first proper yoga class three years ago. I was working for Australia's foreign minister Kevin Rudd at the time, and my blackberry never left my palm. As his press secretary, I had journalists constantly calling... and emailing... and texting.

So I found a yoga teacher...

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Three People in a Room: Me, President Obama and President Putin

(3) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 11:39 AM

I'm imagining President Obama, President Putin and myself in a room. Strange thing to imagine, I suppose.

And the one catch is that none of us can come out of the room until we decide what to do with Syria.

Surely you say, the Syrians must be involved in...

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I Am #WithSyria... Are You?

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2014 | 6:08 PM

I can't say it enough, I can't feel it enough. I am #WithSyria and I haven't forgotten you.

On the day of the third anniversary of the Syria conflict, we must remember: "Just because it isn't happening here, doesn't mean it isn't happening."

Nothing has demonstrated this more poignantly than...

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I Was Born in Australia, Made in Syria

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 9:54 PM

Ranya Alkadamani holds a child in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp.

I was born in Australia, made in Syria.

The people -- my people -- are warm, welcoming, loving.

If you have ever been to Syria, I am certain you would also agree Syrians are some of...

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