Why refugee storytelling matters for healing

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I grew up in Northern Ireland in the 90s but my family is from Iraq. Whatever we did, Iraq was always present: at the dinner table, in our food, in our connections to our relatives who were still there, and in the stories that we heard from my parents. My mother would often recall the heat of the summer and how she and her family would seek relief by sleeping on the roof. I couldn’t imagine that kind of heat in Northern Ireland where it seemed to perpetually rain. Iraq was also a constant presence in the media when I was growing up. When I turned on the TV I saw stories of war, violence, and p…

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