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Author Archives: Nancy Kalow

Interview with Kinda

Interview by Rex Evans ’25 and Karianna Klassen ’25. Kinda is a Syrian refugee currently living in Amman, the capital of Jordan. Before moving to Jordan, Kinda grew up in a large household with nine siblings and studied Economics at Damascus University. Her family stayed in Syria for a few years, hoping to wait out … Continue reading »

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Interview with Faisal

Interview by Matthew Paul ’25 and Michelle Schultze ’25. Faisal is a refugee from Darfur, a region in South Sudan. The war and ethnic genocide broke out in 2003, so Faisal and his family were forced to run. He made it to the border between Sudan and Chad, where he reunited with his sister and … Continue reading »

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Interview with Tarek

Interview by Sami Jinich ’25 and Aline Malek ’25. Tarek Zakanda works as an Arabic tutor for NaTakallam language service in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to teaching Arabic and spreading his Syrian culture, Tarek works as a freelance graphic designer. His artwork is heartfelt and reflective of his displacement as a Syrian refugee and issues … Continue reading »

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Interview with George

Interview by Alexandra Ahdoot ’25 and Blaze Gambla ’25. George is a Syrian refugee who currently lives in Beirut, Lebanon. He was born and raised in Zabadani, a suburb of Damascus, but was forced to flee Syria nine years ago upon experiencing his home being bombed and his city’s devastating destruction. The only family members … Continue reading »

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Interview with Faraj

Interview by Vishal Jammulapati ’25 and Kaitlyn Maher ’25. Faraj hails from Salamiyah, a city in the Homs Province of Western Syria with a long, rich history. Faraj, along with many other Salamiyah residents, adheres to the Ismaili sect of Shia Islam. Growing up in this community, where education was of utmost importance, Faraj was … Continue reading »

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Interview with Noor

Interview by Brett Hammerman ’25 and Katherine McKenzie ’25. Noor is a 30 year old Arabic teacher from Salamiyah, Syria currently living in Milan, Italy with her husband. Her family is part of the Ismaili sect of Islam and Salamiyah is one of the places where this sect is most concentrated. Noor attended Ittihad Private … Continue reading »

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Interview with Hadiya

Interview by Ryan Selig ’25 and Vidita Shah ’25. Hadiya is a Syrian refugee and a wife and mother of two currently living in a refugee camp in the Netherlands. Hadiya was born and raised in Syria where she grew up in a large and loving Kurdish family. As a child Hadiya always enjoyed school … Continue reading »

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Interview with Mona

Interview by Oliver Hess ’25 and Viktoria Wulff-Andersen ’25. Mona is a 26-year-old artist, musician, and activist from Damascus, Syria who is currently living in Montreal, Canada with her husband (a fellow musician). Growing up, Mona lived with three older sisters, a father who was a photographer, and a mother who was a nurse. She … Continue reading »

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Interview with Lara

Interview with Lara by EC ’24. Lara is a 22-year-old student from East Jerusalem, studying at North Cyprus University to be a filmmaker. She is determined to use the platform to “share the experience, share the feeling, share the eyes of Palestinian people who can’t express their message” and already has several films on YouTube … Continue reading »

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Interview with Ahmed

Interview with Ahmed by EK ’24 Ahmed is a documentary filmmaker from Gaza currently working in the United States. He grew up in a refugee camp in Gaza with his parents and seven older siblings and moved to the US after receiving a scholarship to New York University. He received a master’s degree in News … Continue reading »

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