My name is Shireen Ali, from northern Syria, from Afrin, of Kurdish origin. I live in Aleppo. I left the country with my husband and four children when the war began in 2012. And we came to England to secure a safe life for my children.
About the project:
Belonging is embodied in the bond which exists between a child and its parents, and the pride which this brings. Belonging is true affiliation to our homeland and love for it, which we embody by our commitment to its protection and sacrifice for its sake. It is the place in which we breathe air and refresh our souls, and the homeland is a bosom that resembles a mother's embrace that envelops us and makes us feel safe whenever life becomes too narrow for us.
Our attachment passes down endlessly through the generations – the places and times that people were born to their parents, the land on which we are born. This feeling makes the individual the common bond that binds her or him to their land and to their compatriots, respecting the traditions and customs of society and preserving its property; and through acceptance of ideological, political and ethnic differences. When these things are achieved, the values of tolerance and cohesion among individuals are realized, and the bonds of love between them are strengthened, so society rises, and the nation rises to be at the forefront of nations.