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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Current 'Home' London, Ontario, Canada

Ibrahim and his family left Syria after their house was destroyed by air strikes in 2012.  He recalls how his extended family were scattered across the globe, after fleeing Syria:

"When the war started, of course all these people were separated. Some of them went to Lebanon, some went to Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, people were separated. Some went to Europe by sea and many of them died in the sea. And now I have one brother in the US, one brother in Libya, one sister in Canada, and another brother in the UAE, so there are no more bonds in the family."

Family separation is a core concern for refugees across the world - as documented in this report by the Refugee Council and Oxfam - which argues against the current restrictive and unnecessarily punitive UK rules on family reunification.

Image shared by a Syrian refugee in Canada, showing bomb damage to their former home - image copyright Suzan Ilcan.


This extract is from an interview conducted by SUZAN ILCAN 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.