On the occasion of the World Refugee Week Sofia Development Association took the initiative to launch with the assistance of Sofia Municipality and Sofia Electric Transport Company an awareness campaign on the screens of 24 Sofia tramways, numbers 1 and 7. The two tram lines are among the busiest in the capital city, transporting between 15,000 and 20,000 citizens daily. Between June 17 and June 30, 2019, the screens in the trams are showing videos devoted to integration of migrants, developed by INTEGRA Project, Caritas, UNHCR, the Bulgarian Red Cross, the Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants and Sofia University. 

As a part of the creative tool in the framework of the INTEGRA project, Centre for Peace, nonviolence and human rights publishes foreign recipes. The online publications puts the culinary added-value of foreigners under the spotlight, and aims at better migrant integration by celebrating diversity.

On 13th of June Centre for Peace presented a hummus recipe. Hummus is a Levantine dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. It is popular in the Middle East and Mediterranean, as well as in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe. It can also be found in most grocery stores in North America and Europe.

One of the oldest mentions, and hints at where it is from is found in a Medieval cookbook called “Kita Wasf al-Atima al-Mutada”. Translated from Arabic, this means “The Description of Familiar Food” The recipe in this cookbook varies a bit from modern recipes – it contains no garlic or lemon, and also includes vinegar. Another cookbook from the 13th century (Kitāb al-Wusla ilā l-habīb) has a recipe that includes chickpeas and lemons, but no tahini or garlic.

This project is funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

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