Refugees’ Restaurant in New York City

Refugees are welcome here, in this kitchen. All the chefs are refugees who are now living in New York. Eat Offbeat is putting their culinary skills to good use by hiring them to cook meals from their home countries. Manal Kaci co-founder of the Food Delivery startup says we speak the language of food here at our kitchen and even with our customers, that’s how we communicate. We hire extremely talented and highly passionate home cooks who happened to be refugees but they are really excellent chefs by nature. So we train them to become professional chefs and then we deliver their very own recipes to New York and adventurous eaters all over. 

These chefs are from Syria, Iraq, Guinea, Eritrea and Nepal. One of the chefs Rachana is from Nepal. Nepali Momos or Dumplings are her specialty. She says when I serve my food to the new people who did not taste my country food, I become so excited to hear good reactions from those people. So when they come to me and say oh it is very, very good and very delicious. I am so happy. I like hearing that. 

Manal started Eat Offbeat to help refugees earn a living and to help them feel valued in their new country. Manal Kaci says, they are making food that they thought was only specific to them. It is the food that they eat at home with their families, and suddenly they have Americans or the community that hosting them, eating it. And only eating it but also loving it. 

It’s a shame for the people who are angry that refugees are stealing jobs but no jobs have been stolen. They aren't harming Americans. In fact they are helping if anything since they can feed and clothe their families while they are here. People need to stop being bitter grapes.

Underwater Museum

It is the Europe’s first underwater museum. Its focus is on climate change, conversation and migration. More than 200 human sculptures are 50 feet underwater at the Museo Atlantico. The Raft of Lampedusa installation pays tribute to the refugee crisis. Artist Jason Taylor made the art from eco-friendly material to attract and host animal and plant life. Barracudas and Octopuses are often seen near the artwork. The museum is open now for scuba divers and snorkelers. 
This cement of sculpture of refugees is heading to the bottom of the ocean. The Raft of Lampedusa sits 46 feet underwater off coast of the Spain’s Canary Islands. It’s a part of new underwater museum call Museo Atlantico. The sculpture is part art installation and part artificial reef by artist Jason DeCaires Taylor.  The Artist – Jason DeCaires Taylor says about the artwork museum, the artwork is not intended as a honor or memorial to the many lives lost but as a bare reminder of the collective responsibility our now universal community. 
In a couple thousand years, future archaeologists are going to have so many questions about this. I hope they leave something down there, a tablet maybe, they could explain what happened. Maybe they could learn from our mistakes but here is a fact that humans don't learn from their mistakes centuries has shown that. But if we leave something to explain these we'd show that there's nothing new under the sun. Maybe there could be a time when we finally realize that war changes nothing. 
Don't let pessimism rule the world. If we want change, if we want there to be good in this world, then we have to work for it. This war and all wars, will someday end. If we leave something like a Rosetta stone or something like that with different languages, maybe they will be able to identify the message. There is another possible option that they will think a volcano erupted and solidified these refuges as they were attempting to escape the inferno They'll conclude that there was an underwater Medusa. 

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