Stories of Belonging 47 Inteviews

Anecdotes that highlight the value of connecting with and embracing others

A collection of over fifty audio recorded stories told by Syrian and Iraqi migrants in Europe that shed light on the experiences and factors that help nurture a sense of belonging among individuals displaced from their homeland.

Tasneem Abdalrazaq

I am Tasneem, born in Syria, of Palestinian origin. I am of twenty-two opinions, twenty-two chances, twenty-two experiences, and perhaps many more things besides. I...

Anis Hamadoun

My name is Anis Hamdoun. I’m Syrian, 35 years old, living in Berlin, Germany. I’m a director and writer, and I teach acting in several...

Joseph Makdisie

My name is Joseph Makdisie and I’m 29 years old. I’m Syrian and I’ve been living in Luxembourg for about 5 years. I studied civil...

Osama Abu Yazan

My name is Osama but people call me Abu Yazan. I was born in 1973. I used to work in drapes and home décor. Before...

Afyaa Alasadi

I am the Iraqi poet Ayfaa Amen Alasadi. I was born in Baghdad, am in my thirties and I currently reside in France. I arrived...

Haneen Khalili

My name is Haneen Khalili; I’m from Iraq. I’m 26 years old and I have a degree in journalism from the Media Faculty. I was...

Manar Alhashemi

Manar is 30 years old and lives in Norway. This is a translation of the transcript of his recorded story: "I am Manar Alhashemi from...

Abdallah Huseen

Abdallah is 34 years old and lives in Italy. This is a translation of the transcript of his recorded story: "My name is Abdullah Huseen...

Ahmad Elsheikh

Ahmad Elsheikh is 41 years old and lives in Germany. This is a translation of the transcript of his recorded story: "I am Ahmad Khader...

Nour Kayali

Nour Kayali lives in Austria. This is a translation of the transcript of her recorded story: Whenever she sent me a message, she would say:...

Amjad Job

Amjad Job is 32 years old and lives in Germany. This is a translation of the transcript of his recorded story: "My name is Amjad...

Hadeel Alsamman

I am Hadeel and I am 21 years old. I am from Damascus, Syria. I came to Sweden in 2014 and have been here for...

Abdulwahab Tareel

Abdulwahab Tareel is 27 years old and lives in Cyprus. This is a translation of the transcript of his story: "I am Abdulwahab Tareel. I...

Jamil Jamaleddin

I am Jamil Jamal al-Din from Syria. I am proud to be from Damascus, Al-Midan neighbourhood. I am 33 years old and currently work in...

Tasneem Alkhateeb

My name is Tesnim Al Khatib. I am aged 34 and I have been resident in Denmark since about 2017. I am a graduate of...

Anas Zarzar

My name is Anas Zerzer and I am aged 43.  I am originally of Palestinian-Syrian nationality but my current nationality is Norwegian. I worked in...

Ahmad Bakhdalia

I was a senior student in high school in Syria when I had to leave the country because of the war. I took refuge in...

Lubna Abou Kheir

I am Lubna Abou Kheir, a writer and a theatre actress from Syria. I graduated from the Higher Institute of Performing Arts, Department of Theatrical...

Deldar Felemez

I am Deldar Felemez, born in 1970 in Syria, Qalmashi. I used to work in the field of visual and written media, as well as...

Ammar Al Sheakh

I'm Ammar Khaled Al-Sheakh, a Syrian who came here from Sham four years ago. I fled Syria in 2016 when the situation was bad and...

Rana Thuraya Alnakshabandi

I am Rana Thuraya Alnakshabandi, born in Damascus 1958. I may seem very old but I think in our lifetime we get to live many...

Shevan Vanderlugt

I am  Shevan, a Syrian youth who studied English at Damascus University and who currently lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In Syria I had dreams,...

Kaothar Khalil

My name is Kaothar Khalil, and I am from Damascus. I am 33 years old. I studied in Syria in the Institute for the preparation...

Anna Hannah Ibrahim

My name is Anna Hannah Ibrahim. I’m from Damascus, Syria. I graduated from the Media Faculty at Damascus University in 2005. I was full of...

Mahdi al Nasir

I am Mahdi Al-Nasir, from Deir Al-Zour Syria and I used to live in Damascus. I worked with the Syrian press from 2008, then I...

Ruba Hammud

I am Ruba Hammud from Homs, Syria. I am a lawyer, and I used to be a journalist who raised awareness of Syrian women's rights,...

Ala al Bardeni

My name is Ala Al Bardeni. I am a 34-year old Syrian Palestinian and I have been residing in Cyprus for 9 and a half...

Emad Abu Ahmad

My name is Emad Abu Ahmad and I was born in Hama in the early 1990's. In early 2011, I decided to study English literature...

Rawan Alfarkh

I am Rawan Alfarkh, a 30-year-old from Damascus, Syria. I graduated from the school of journalism at Damascus University in Syria and worked as a...

Ahmad Mousa Matar

My name is Ahmad Mousa Matar, a Palestinian from Jerusalem. I was born on 28/3/1975 in Baghdad, where I used to work as a lawyer....

Farah Abbas

I am Farah Abbas, a 29-year old pharmacist from Damascus (Sham). I have been living in Berlin in Germany for about three and a half...

Muntaha

Muntaha lives in Switzerland. This is a translation of the transcript of her recorded story: "I am Muntaha from Homs, a city that witnessed the...

George Matar

My name is George, I’m 31 years old, from Syria. I graduated with a degree in oil, petroleum, and gas engineering and went to Germany...

Haysam Youssef

I am Haysam Youssef and I’m 55 years old. I left Syria in 1989. I was in my fourth year studying law at the University...

Sara Ahmar

I’m Sara Ahmar, from Syria. I’m 30 years old and currently living in Germany. I was like so many young men and women from Syria...

Jouman Mohammad

My name is Jouman Mohammad. I’m 50 years old, originally from Iraq and now a UK citizen. I live in London, and previously in my...

Gona Saed

My name is Gona Saed. I’m from Iraqi Kurdistan and I came to the UK twenty-one years ago as a political refugee with my three-year-old...

Mohammad Abdlrazak

My name is Mohammad Abdlrazak. I’m a Syrian citizen from the village of Kiljibreen in Aleppo governorate, born in 1970. I came to Cyprus at...

Dan

I’m Dan, and I’m 29 years old. I’m a Syrian living in London, UK. I come from a village in northern Syria where I lived...

Amanj Mohammad

My name is Amanj Mohammad, from Iraq. I came to Sweden around 19 years ago for political reasons, as a political asylum-seeker. I didn’t have...

Khalil Jabo

I’m Khalil Jabo, a Kurd from Afrin. I arrived in Denmark at 2013, and sometime later I was granted a residency permit. When I was...

Omar

My name is Omar, and I’m 33 years old. I’m a Syrian writer and journalist. I’d basically decided to move to Cyprus back in 2008,...

George Marash

My name is George, I was born in Damascus in 1993. I began my degree in Pharmacy at the University of Aleppo. Then, when the...

Iyad

My name is Iyad, and I’m from Homs in Syria. I was born in 1985 and I lived in Homs pretty much until the outbreak...

Manal

Manal is from Iraq. She lives in Norway. This is a translation of the transcript of her recorded story: "I am Manal from Iraq and...

Adnan Alali

Adnan Alali is 36 years and lives in Germany. This is a translation of the transcript of his recorded story: My name is Adnan Al...

Sara Alagha

Sara is 31 years old and lives in Germany. This is a translation of the transcript of her recorded story: "My name is Sara Alagha....