A Syrian refugee badly injured in the recent port explosion in Beirut is fighting to take up a place at Trinity College Dublin later this month having been refused a visa to come to the country.
Ahmad Ourfali (38) fled the outbreak of civil war in his native country in 2014 and settled in the Lebanese capital where he works as an Arabic teacher.
However, while hoping to expand his English language academic studies, he has had to turn down a scholarship at University College London and will possibly be unable to attend TCD. In both cases, he says, he has been unable to secure a visa due to his circumstances.
“I haven’t given up yet, I want to fight to the end. But after this I’m trying not to think what’s the next step,” Mr Ourfali told The Irish Times from his home in Beirut.
He is currently recovering