Lot of Similarities Between Us

Yuva Derneği / Lot of Similarities Between Us
2017

Now that we are all together in the class with Syrians, I realize there is quite a lot of similarities between us, such as humour.

I’m originally from Nizip but I grew up in Netherlands. Lived there for 35 years and came back 10 years ago. Now that we take these courses together with Syrians we got used to each other. We laugh at the same things. Before this we used to just pass by each other and when we came across we were like “oh there they are again…” But now I realize there is quite a lot of similarities between us, such as humour. We laugh at the same things with them. Women are the same all over the world when the subject is something like knitting or sewing. Also at first I didnt want to come here by myself so I hesitated a lot. Now that it is almost my second home, i also realize it wasnt necessary to be afraid. I have learned a lot of things i didnt know here. How to patch, how to make ribbons and other tricks that I never knew. Classes are also both in Arabic and Turkish. We speak Turkish but some words are similar in both languages so sometimes I feel like I understand what they say.

Emine Balkan, Nizip Community Center