Rahaf Adnan Oudah is from Homs, Syria. She and her family fled to Jordan as refugees in 2013. Rahaf is a fourth-year architectural engineering student at Zarqa University, near Amman. Along with Anthrow Circus writer Heather Surls, Rahaf and her mother, Nusra, who studied at an art institute in Homs prior to the civil war, recently self-published a literary-artistic collaboration called “A Book of Hours,” printed in Amman. Rahaf can be found on Instagram.
STORY BY HEATHER M. SURLS ILLUSTRATIONS BY RAHAF ADNAN OUDAH
From afar, the plight of refugees can be hard to understand. Why did they leave their homeland in the first place? What is daily life like in the place in which they’ve tried to find safety? Will they return home one day? Our correspondent in Jordan takes us deep into the lives of two Syrian families who fled to neighboring Jordan and now long to return home as most of Syria regains a level of calm. Learn why the question of whether to return to Syria has no straightforward answer.