The following photographs were taken during a photography workshop at a Syrian/Turkish community center. Participants created maps of their walks to and from school and then added their own photos to mark particular areas of importance and people, including apartment buildings, grocery stores, trees and flowers, neighbors, etc..
The following entries were created by a young-adult Syrian woman who enjoys writing stories and poetry. She also took the photographs.
Oh foreignness don't be too hard on us
We left our country not by our consent….. It was written upon us
People don't blame us….. And don't make us cruel with your words
We had enough….. we miss Syria
Its air settles our hearts
All people fell asleep
And we stayed up all night long
Oh Syria sleep in our eyes
And sincerely don't forget about us on the day of the return
Don't close your doors…. and leave us homeless without you
And from the smell of your grass and the hug of your ground
Don't deprive us