There are many “heroes” designated in war, but a piano player isn’t usually among them.
Aeham Ahmad, the ‘piano man of Yarmouk’, is a hero. While the Yarmouk camp — it’s a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus — was starved and bombed for the last three year in the ongoing civil war, Ahmad kept playing.
“I decided to start making music and to sing about the misery of the camp,” he said, “having no water, exile and emigration and electricity cuts.
There comes a time to give up, however.
He’s joined the refugees trying to find a new home, the BBC reports today.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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