Could Brazil Be a Lifeline for Syrian Refugees?

Guest post by Danielle Renwick via The Development Set Damascus restaurant sits on a quiet, leafy street in Pinheiros, an upper-class neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil. On a recent sunny afternoon, 73-year-old Saeed Mourad greeted customers in halting Portuguese as they ate platefuls of kibe and falafel. He prepared cup after cup of cardamom-infused coffee as his sons, Mohamad and Khaldoun, took inventory and prepared to-go orders of baklava and other Middle Eastern sweets. Mourad, who named his restaurant after his hometown in Syria, says he’s one of the lucky ones. A…

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