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Syria

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 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 Mahmoud

Interview by Rafae Alam, Trinity ’19 and Sofia Zymnis, Trinity ’21 Before moving back to his birth country of Syria in his adolescence, Mahmoud had grown up in many countries across Asia and Europe, including Armenia, Turkey, Qatar, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and France. After finishing high school, he studied nursing while working to create arts … Continue reading »

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Interview with Shadi

Interview by Sydney Adams, UNC ’20, Anna Klingensmith, Trinity ’21, and Shane Woods, MTS Divinity ’19. Shadi is a Syrian refugee, currently living just outside of Erbil, Iraq, with his wife and five-year-old daughter. Their story is a heart-wrenching one; his wife Hadiya was diagnosed with cancer after the birth of their daughter, making it … Continue reading »

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Interview with Jan

Interviewers: Ahmed Salat Birik, Trinity ’21 and Natali Rey, Trinity ’18. Jan is a Syrian refugee who currently lives in Greece. He was born and raised in Qamishli, a city in northern Syria, where his father owned an ice cream factory. He then went to university in Aleppo where he was an engineering student, but … Continue reading »

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