Basel Adoum is 30 years old. He is from Syria but lives in Brussels, Belgium. He is a former European Solidarity Corps Volunteer at JRS Europe
If you had to say something that defines yourself, what would it be?
I see myself as a positive person. I am able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and keep my eyes fixed on it until I reach the other end.
What values matter more in your life?
Honesty with the self and others.
How do you want to contribute to your community?
Participate in establishing cultural dialogue and harmony through humanitarian and artistic activities. Art and humanitarian work are among the actions that transcend the boundaries of politics, geography, religions, etc.
What is the change that you want/wish to see in Europe?
Multiculturality and interculturality at policy making offices.
Why do you think the work of JRS is relevant today?
With more than 60 million refugees and displaced people around the world, the work of JRS is relevant not only on the level of direct humanitarian aid, but also on the level of sustainable humanitarian aid. Being engaged in policy recommendation work, this will ameliorate dislocation politics and discourse for a large number of people around the globe.
How does your work/activity contribute to JRS mission?
By including refugees in action-planning processes, JRS sees a reality through the eyes of the people who are in need of aid, hears their perspective, and thinks with their minds.
What does JRS mean to you?
Commitment towards humanity.