The Syrian refugee, Imad, has become the proud owner of his own restaurant in Britain, in addition to running a chain of restaurants in Europe, after a long journey of suffering in 2015 after he owned two restaurants in Damascus.
Imad chose to travel on death boats, and upon arriving on the mainland, advanced between ten countries in three months. He cycled, boarded a train and boat, and slept on the stairs of a church in Calais (northern France) for 64 days.
As he settled as a refugee, he put aside his passion for food and took up work as a car salesman, but once his family, including his three daughters, joined him in July 2016, he began to rethink cooking.
He opened his first temporary restaurant in East London in March 2017 to support UNICEF’s work in Syria, and since then he has run more than ten restaurants in Britain, France, Germany, and Spain.
When he decided to open his largest restaurant in London, the country was closed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, so he rushed to establish a Falafel Bar in front of his restaurant to make the most of the closure restrictions that were eased last week.
Imad is an active member of charitable foundations that help raise funds to support refugees through his restaurants.
Imad helped the youths start their careers, as well as taking care of the homeless in London and reconstructing a hospital in northern Aleppo.
He pledges to transfer 2 pounds of each purchased meal as a donation to fund meals for people living in refugee camps.
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