Keyword: Europe

Jollanar Alyounes

Jollanar Alyounes, 32, lives in Cyprus. Here, she talks to us about her sense of identity as a Syrian:  I consider myself a person of...

Katia Mezaal

Katia Mezaal, 43, lives in Germany. Here, she talks to us about her sense of identity: I’ve really struggled with the issue of identity and...

Mohamad Kasas

Mohamad Kasas is in his early thirties and currently lives in Germany. Here, he talks to us about his sense of identity: I feel that...

Besan Zarzar

Bezan Zarzar is 32 years old and currently lives in the Netherlands. Here, she talks to us about her sense of identity: I usually introduce...

Zafer Nahhas

Zafer Nahhas is in his early 30s and lives in the UK. Here, he talks to us about his sense of identity as a Syrian:...

Mohammad Amin Bikdaliya

Mohammad Amin Bikdali is 23 years old and lives in Germany. Here, he talks to us about his sense of identity as a Syrian: I...

Saghatel Bassil

Saghatel Bassil is 44 years old and currently lives in Sweden. Here, he talks to us about his sense of identity: My name is Saghatel,...

Jamil Alyou

Jamil Alyou is 27 years old and currently lives in Germany. Here, he talks to us about his sense of identity: To determine who I...

Ronas Sheikhmous

Ronas Sheikhmous, 31, lives in Germany. Here, he talks to us about his sense of identity: The injustice and oppression practiced against the Kurdish people...

Mustapha Alouche

Mustapha Alouche, 50, lives in Germany. Here, he talks to us about how he defines his identity: I am Syrian by birth, but at the...

Hozan Ibrahim

Hozan Ibrahim, 36, lives in Denmark. Here, he explains how he conceives of his identity: I’m a Syrian Kurd. Religious affiliation means nothing to me....

Dyala Ghanem

Dyala Ghanem is Syrian and currently lives in France. Here, she talks to us about how she sees her identity: I’m Syrian, but I also...

Kenan Nassar

Kenan Nassar is Syrian and currently lives in French Guiana. Here, he talks to us about the factors that influence his sense of identity as...

Khaldoun

Khaldoun, who prefers to give only his first name, is from the city of Homs in Syria, and currently lives in Germany. Here, he talks...

Mohamad Çiçek

Mohamad Çiçek is Syrian and currently lives in Sweden. Here he talks to us about what influences his sense of identity as a Syrian: Very...

Hazem Youness

Hazem Youness is Palestinian-Syrian, currently living in Sweden. Here, he introduces himself in terms of his sense of identity: If you’d asked me this question...

Dara Kurdo

Dara Kurdo is Syrian-Kurdish and currently lives in Denmark. Here, he talks to us about his identity and what constitutes it: The elements of my...

Yahya Hashem

Yahya Hashem is a Syrian actor currently living in the Netherlands. Here, he talks to us about his sense of identity: I am a believer...

Hanadi Zahlout

Hanadi Zahlout is from Syria, currently living in the south of France. Here, she talks to us about her Syrian identity: The things that represent...

Reem Maghribi

Reem Maghribi has parental roots in Syria, Libya and Palestine. She currently lives in Cyprus. Here, she talks to us about her identity: It changes...

Diala Fedawi

Diala Fedawi is Syrian and currently living in Germany. Here, she talks to us about her Syrian identity: As a person, I have no problem...

Yasmine Atassi

Yasmine Atassi is from Syria and currently living in The Netherlands. Here, she talks to us about her Syrian identity: Because of family circumstances, I...

Fareed Yaghi

Fareed Yaghi is a Syrian poet living in Germany. Here, he talks to us about his Syrian identity and what impacts it: For me, the...

Maha Alhayek

Maha Alhayek is Syrian and currently lives in Cyprus. We spoke to her about her sense of identity: I am an Arab, Syrian woman, and...

Alaa Yagoub

Alaa Yagoub is Palestinian-Syrian and currently lives in Sweden. Here, he introduces himself by talking about his identity: As a Syrian-Palestinian, the issue of identity...

Roudi Sulaiman

Roudi Sulaiman is a writer and poet currently living in the Netherlands. Here, she speaks to us about her sense of identity: When I introduce...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Abdallah Al-Khateeb

Abdallah Al-Khateeb is a 30-year old Palestinian Syrian. He was a social and political activist in Syria and remains so in Germany, where he moved...

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...

Dea Saffan

I am Dea Saffan. I am 25 years old and was born in 1994 in Deirezzor, where I lived for almost seven years before moving...

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...

Nour Al-Hariri

Nour Al-Hariri is 25 years old and currently lives outside Berlin with her husband and children. She is originally from Deraa, and arrived in Germany...

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...

Firas Al Younis

Firas Al Younis is an accomplished engineer who lives in Berlin. He is from a family of 10 children, and he and his brother are...

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...

Loujean

My name is Loujean and I currently reside in London, UK. I come from Syria, specifically Damascus. What made me emigrate was the war and...

Muna Nashashibi

Muna Nashashibi is a Syrian Christian. “I was raised a secular nationalist. Acceptance was a cornerstone of my upbringing. We are believers, but when you’re...

Rehab Jamaledin Maghribi

Rehab Jamaledin Maghribi is 63 years old and arrived in London in the UK in 1975. She had recently married and planned to build a...

Omar Alshikh

Omar Alshikh is 32 years old and left his country, Syria, to escape the war and pursue his work as a journalist.  He went to...

Adi Atassi

When he graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus in the mid-1980s, Adi Atassi, a 56-year-old Syrian, decided to emigrate from his homeland....

Annetta Benzar

Annetta Benzar is originally from Belarus but emigrated to Cyprus aged 4. She works in an international organisation but feels there is an implicit hierarchy...

Samar

Samar is from Syria but emigrated to the United States to continue her studies.  During the time she was studying at university, she met her...

Aisha

Aisha is 25 years old and from Syria. She did not learn the Greek language after her arrival at camp "Kofinou" in the countryside of...

Abdallah

Abdallah was three when his father moved the family from Damascus, Syria to Larnaca, Cyprus. Now 27, he works for his father in his grocery...

Dia Ghazi

Dia Ghazi (Abu Said) is a 60 year-old Palestinian from Syria and he lived in Damascus the first 17 years of his life. He is...

Juliette Mako Ibrahim

Juliette Mako Ibrahim is 52-years old. She has been a French citizen for many decades but is originally from Al-Hawash in Syria. At 21 she...

Abu Zuhair

Abu Zuhair is 51 years old and is originally from Syria. He went to France in 1985 to study physics on a university scholarship. After...

Noureddine

Noureddine is a retired French banker, aged 69, with no Syrian, Arab, or non-French family. He is from Rouen, and studied there and in Paris....

Abu Farouq

Abu Farouq is 29-years old and is from a village near Tartous. He did not finish middle school. He comes from a family of farmers,...

Sally Manla

Sally is 24-years old and is from a village near Tartous. Her husband was tortured and imprisoned for a year on two separate occasions in...

Michaal

Michaal is 41 years old and from Damascus. He has a Master’s degree. While living in Damascus, he often travelled abroad for work, including to...

Mohammad Khader

Mohammad Khader is a 32-year-old father of three. His first child, who is 5 years old, was born in Syria where Mohammad lived until 2014....

Natalie Darwish

Natalie Darwish, 23 years old and a Syrian refugee in Germany, is from Deir Ezzor area in Syria. She believes that the majority of refugees...

Ghaid Hashemi

A single mother with two nationalities, Ghaid Hashemi defines herself through her religion and education. She says, "I am a woman, I am a Muslim,...

Afraa Batous

Afraa Batous is 33 years old. She is from Aleppo but lived for a time in Damascus then Beirut before moving to Germany in 2016....

Karim Suleiman

Karim Suleiman is 27 years old and was a citizen journalist in Hama, Syria. In January 2014, he and a colleague were hit by an...

Nadia El-Haj

Nadia El-Haj, 55 years old, is originally from Damascus but has lived in Stockholm since 1991. Currently, she does not work but she used to...