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Thomas Rovers (translation) 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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“Ah, the Dutch weather! A moment ago it was sunny and now it starts to rain. You often see four seasons in one day here!”

“I dream of becoming an engineer. I want to start studying as soon as possible. My favourite football club is Barcelona. Sadly enough we can’t watch football here, so I can’t follow the European Championship. I don’t speak Dutch yet. I’ve been here for eight months now and if I could have gone to school I would’ve been able to speak...

“I dream of becoming an engi...

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“In Syria I worked as an electrician. Really, women do this too! Even in my country.”

“In Syria I worked as an electrician. Really, women do this too! Even in my country. My daughters want to do something completely different. My eldest daughter wants to become a fashion designer. She practices a lot. She makes clothes for dolls, to give to others, from fabric that she has been given. My youngest daughter loves to paint and...

“In Syria I worked as an ele...

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“I am a bus driver and drove a school bus. I enjoyed that job.”

“Arabic cuisine is very different from Dutch cuisine. Sometimes we cook Middle Eastern food here. Chicken with rice. Or molokhia, a particular type of leafy greens with chicken or rabbit. You cut the meat into small pieces and put them onto a plate with water. That goes in the microwave for 10 minutes. Unfortunately, we don’t have a real kitchen...

“Arabic cuisine is very diff...

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