• Refugee rapper, Tammam Jamour. (Screenshot of video from The Atlantic)Source: Screenshot of video from The Atlantic
A short film has been released online about a Syrian refugee teenager living in Greece and his hip hop dreams.
Yasmin Noone

14 Oct 2016 - 4:45 PM  UPDATED 14 Oct 2016 - 4:53 PM

A 19-year-old Syrian refugee rapper, who currently lives with his family in a Athens hotel but aspires to one day become a professional hip-hop musician, has featured in a short film released by The Atlantic this week.

The three-and-a-half minute film, produced for the online USA title, offers people throughout the world an insight into what life is like for a Syrian teenager after fleeing the war.

It also shows how writing rap music lyrics can be used as a healing, therapeutic outlet for people like Tammam Jamour who have experienced traumatic events.

"When I write, I don't write because I want to write," Jamour says in the film.

"I write because I need to write.

"...When I rap, I can talk about the things I am afraid of.

"That makes me feel strong."

The musician says he has been rapping since age 15 but back then, his lyrics were about "silly topics that teens talk about". 

"When you be a refugee that's different.

"...I'm now in a new world."

Jamor tells the viewer that he came to Greece by "the classic way", a small boat.

"It was dangerous for me and my family, more than anyone can imagine.

"I was so lucky."

Jamor and his family are currently living in Greece, awaiting relocation through the UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency).

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