As someone who came to the UK from her home country of Syria ten years ago during the war, Nadine speaks with passion on issues such as how to engage with children on the realities of refugee experience; the multiplicity of home felt by migrants; combatting negative narratives surrounding refugees and asylum seekers; and how parents can help their children feel proud of their history and identity in new homes.
Nadine puts forward the powerful message that storytelling is not only an accessible and engaging artform which fosters empathy and joins communities, but also stresses that it is a means to work through hardship and trauma. Those who have the power to tell their stories in their own words reclaim their representation, which is often maligned in public discourse.
Nuha and Nadine’s discussion of storytelling as a therapeutic and empowering act chimes with the theme of Refugee Week 2022 – healing. Reminding us that Little Amal takes her culture, memories, and identity to each new ground she treads, Nadine expresses the enriching and healing power of sharing stories.
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