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Geert Job Sevink (photo) Tag

“I don’t sleep much, I lie awake”

The view from his living room on the ninth floor of the Aquamarijnflat is fantastic: the Gravenburg district, the meadows, and beyond it lies Aduard. Impressive clouds and a great sunset when the skies are clear. The bathroom even has a bathtub. Alan Abdo, now 27, has been lucky, so it seems. He has been living here since September 2016....

The view from his living room ...

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“We grew up in a dictatorship. When people need you they are your best friends, but for the rest we grew up in distrust.”

Mohammed Al-Mansour is having a bad month: "My grandmother died in Syria. I basically grew up with her, she was like a mother to me. She had problems with her heart and that’s what killed her. There’s no medical care in Deir ez-Zor anymore, that's the problem." He was distracted, cried sometimes – "not many tears, but a few," – and...

Mohammed Al-Mansour is having ...

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“Then I explain that this phone is a necessity, my lifeline with my family.”

His bicycle is inside, behind the front door of his apartment in the Oosterpark neighbourhood. Complete with big panniers and all. The walls and ceiling of his apartment are painted a crisp white, and there is new laminate on the floor. Cabinets and tables are from the thriftshop, but the red three-seater sofa is new. “In Syria I would’ve had...

His bicycle is inside, behind ...

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“With two of my sons I came to the Netherlands.”

“Hold on, I need to change my son’s clothes first. Then we’ll come back for the photograph. This is better. His hair didn’t look good. I had to put some gel in it. My wife and four of our children are in Lebanon. We have six children. With two of my sons I came to the Netherlands. It is very expensive...

“Hold on, I need to change m...

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“Mummy is the best ever!”

Alma: “I made this necklace myself. Here in the refugee centre. Look! Here is a little heart. Isn’t it beautiful? And look! I also have earrings, butterflies and a bracelet with white and blue beads. My mummy did my ponytail like this. Mummy is the best ever! Shall I write down my name?” (She writes A M L A. From right...

Alma: “I made this necklace ...

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