Since the beginning of the Syrian war, Lebanon has played a game of host to those fleeing violence and persecution in Syria. Marwan Kheireddine is one refugee who has carved out a new life for himself in Lebanon. Born and raised in Homs, Marwan was forced by war to flee his hometown in November 2012 with his wife and one-year-old child.
Marwan eventually found refuge at a UNHCR reception center after being denied entry at every border checkpoint he tried crossing into Jordan. After visiting more than 10 UNHCR centers over seven months, he finally found an opening at Ain al Hilweh camp near Saida city, where he would stay for three years before moving closer to Tripoli with his family. Learn more about Marwan Kheireddine
Marwan has been part of several community outreach activities in Lebanon. He has worked as a tour guide at Ain al Hilweh and is currently an active member of the Syrian Refugees Association (SEA). In addition, he founded a small business called “Fellowship of the Syrian Refugees” that helps facilitate the income and livelihoods of fellow refugees by selling local produce from Homs, cookies from Idlib, coffee from Aleppo, and other staples such as sugar, rice, and flour.
Marwan has published articles about his Syrian experiences on WordPress since 2013. His first article was published on Marwan’s blog in March 2012, titled “Mein Syrian Childhood.”
In 2016, Marwan joined the SOLEID team as the Arabic editor. He is currently editing and translating the Arabic Soleyaw website and managing the Arabic content on Social Media channels like Facebook and Twitter.
He also serves as a guest lecturer at the American University of Beirut, Forum for Research and Dialogue, The Lebanese University, and Haigazian.
Marwan is an active member of his community, a husband to Nour El Said Marwan Kheireddine, who hails from Aleppo city, and father to twins born in Lebanon, both named after the place he came from (Aleppo & Homs).