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So I sat them down and told them: the five of us are here, me, you and your father, wherever the five of us are, that place should be your heaven.
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A young woman talks about her mixed feelings towards moving on from the camp to become refugees in the Netherlands:

"We are leaving to go to Holland...  we have a second interview on the 22nd.  (I’m not really happy about it).  I am going to leave all my friends.  It is a tragic life (here). But you feel you are with family and friends. A neighbor is like a brother and a friend, a sister. You go and come together all the time but there (in Holland) it would be just me, my mother and brother."

A vibrant mural of a peacock and Arabic script in Al Azraq refugee camp, 2019. Image by Yasmine Shamma

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This extract is from an interview conducted by YASMINE SHAMMA during 2019 as part of the British Academy funded ‘Lost and Found: A Digital Archive of Migration, Displacement and Resettlement’  project’s Making Home Away archive.


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