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Where do I feel at home? The short answer to that question is right here in Newry which may be a surprise to some, as Aleppo was the place I was born in but it’s not the place I grew up in, it’s not the place I have memories in, it’s not the place I made friends in.

Inas Abdulrazzaq
Inas Abdulrazzaq

Newry was that place which is why it feels like home. The biggest struggle about moving to another country with completely different religious and cultural background is fitting in. I don’t fit in with Syrian's as my Arabic isn’t as good as theirs, I can’t read and write in Arabic easily. I’ve no memories to relate to them back in Syria, I don’t listen to the same music as them and I don’t think exactly the same way as most people back there too.

Though at the same time I don’t fit in here too. I’m a completely different religion with a completely different culture and language, the normal that is here isn’t normal back there and the normal over there isn’t the normal here.

Why would you try so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out!

So where do people like me fit in? They don’t fit in their home country and they don’t fit in here, so where do they fit in? I don’t know myself but a quote that I found inspiring was “Why would you try so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out”.

It’s a bigger struggle than most people realise and it’s hard to find a balance between the two. What I like about being from two different places is that I feel like I’m more understanding as I have knowledge as well as experience from two cultural backgrounds and that could be good as it makes you unique and non judgemental as you have an understanding of how people from different backgrounds think. You also have celebrations such as Eid and Christmas that you get to experience - The more the better!

It was a thing I struggled with but now, not so much as I’ve learned to embrace it and cope with it.  I can now balance the two and I’m very thankful to have experiences of two different worlds - Now that’s something not everyone can say!

Inas Abdulrazzaq - A Teenagers Perspective

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