Making Home Away

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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Suha describes the material and interpersonal difficulties of camp life:

"I asked them for a caravan and they said I couldn’t have one. They said I had to stay with the people I came with, in the same tent. But I didn’t like living with those people. I didn’t like their lifestyle. I have a handicapped ID card. When I showed them the ID card, they helped me, and they found me a caravan. They put it right next to those people but I didn’t like being next to them so I turned it around. I like being separated. I can’t tolerate much and then I blow up, frankly speaking."

A tent provided as temporary accommodation in Al Azraq refugee camp, 2019. Image by Yasmine Shamma

Personal preferences such as Suha's have seeded a business in caravan 'removals'  within Za'atari camp, as Syrian refugees remake and restructure the bare geography of the camp and its caravans to suit real-world social interactions and community structures.  You can read more about this process by clicking here.


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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