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A Home Beyond Walls: Nurturing Belonging through Artistic Refuge

Updated: May 12


A grassy, tree-strewn hillside in Iraqi Kurdistan
Pastoral hillside in Iraqi Kurdistan

There is no definitive or universal definition of home, as it is a deeply personal and subjective concept. The perception of home varies from person to person and is shaped by individual experiences and emotions. As someone who is displaced and stateless, I’ve found that the notion of home can manifest itself in various forms, such as within the pages of a book, the melody of a song, or the words of a poem. These artistic expressions have the power to evoke a sense of belonging, comfort, and familiarity, creating a refuge that transcends physical boundaries. In the absence of a physical dwelling, finding solace in literature, music, or poetry has always provided me with a sense of connection and a place to call home.

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