In The Welcome Tent we are using food to start conversations about peace and social justice. We have found that the process of cooking and sharing food together builds genuine relationships between all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. So on the Saturday afternoon, together we ran a drop-in workshop, cooking over 200 Syrian pan breads served with Mohummara, a delicious spiced tomato and pepper sauce, which nearly hundred people prepared or tasted.
Our backdrop included photo journalism from Calais and of Abdullah cooking the same bread with his neighbours in war torn Syrian streets, just two years ago before he arrived in Denmark. This was Syrian street food bringing home the reality of the current situation, when there are no words. We even had a Skype call halfway through the afternoon from Abdullah's sister in Damascus, which in itself was lucky as usually the connection is not good enough.