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BIND CAFE  — Since opening, Bind Cafe has been the gathering spot for a variety of events designed to bring awareness to different cultures and traditions.
Herald Photo / Provided BIND CAFE — Since opening, Bind Cafe has been the gathering spot for a variety of events designed to bring awareness to different cultures and traditions.
One concert this weekend aims to take the politics out of the Syrian refugee crisis by focusing solely on the human aspect.  

The concert, held at Bind Café on Saturday, April 22, starting at 5 p.m., will bring in two Syrian refugee families that are being resettled in Indianapolis who will share their stories and also an IU Kokomo professor who will walk attendees through the immigration process. 

According to Bind Café owner Deandra Beard, the hope is to enlighten people on the struggles refugees are going through from simply being born in the country they were. 

“A lot of people are misinformed about what is actually happening in Syria, and they politicize what’s happening there versus actually looking at the human rights atrocities that are occurring in the country. So I’m not concerned about politics; I’m concerned about human life and human rights.

“When you really see and hear what’s going on then there’s no way you can politicize it. There’s no way you can bring politics into children and women and old people being blown up, whole neighborhoods and livelihoods. Part of this is to really humanize what’s happening and bring this faraway land front and center. It’s very tangible. It’s real,” Beard said. 

The event will kick off with a performance art piece by IUK Professor Yunjin Woo that’s designed to give attendees an inside view of what happens in the immigration process one has to go through in order to migrate to the U.S. Also at 5 p.m., a film entitled White Helmets will be played.

The bands for the night are Bassel & The Supernaturals, Bashiri Asad, and Pale Giants. Between sets, the Syrian refugee families will speak. As for food, the Bind Café kitchen will be open with Syrian and Middle Eastern food for purchase. 

In addition, the event aims to raise funds for Karam Foundation, which provides humanitarian aid to Syrian families abroad and refugee families settling in the United States. 

Beard hopes the event serves to better connect people in the community. 

“Hopefully they take away a deeper understanding of what’s happening in the country of Syria and to walk away and share that with other people, and, when they buy a ticket, they literally are helping resettle someone who has been affected by the crisis,” said Beard.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. Bind Café is located at 108 N. Main St.