“I had never heard of Groningen, but now I would really like to stay here.”
“In Syria we also celebrate Mother’s Day, but that was another Sunday, last March 21st. Yes, on that kind of day my children also ask when it is Children’s Day. ‘Every day is Children’s Day’, I reply.
I was divorced two years ago, and came here now alone with my two children. My brother is also in the Netherlands, in Zandvoort. My parents stayed behind in Syria. My father is not well at the moment, he is in the hospital. That is difficult. I miss them and worry about him.
I had never heard of Groningen, but now I would really like to stay here. I would love to finish my studies here. It can be done, I already worked that out. I was studying fashion design. Is there someone in particular I would like to design something for? No, not really. I just enjoy imagining clothing. My own label, that would be lovely: MAYA. Not Farida. My daughter’s name is much more beautiful.”
Farida Ibrahem (25) with her son Kinan Fakhani (6) and daughter Maya Fakhani (4) from Damascus, Syria