Refugees telling their own stories

Through the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN), we're supporting Syrian refugees living in Türkiye to tell their stories about the realities and issues that matter to them. This page is dedicated to showcasing the stories of Ahmed, Asmaa, Nour, Alaa, Farouk, Abdurrezak, Luai and Malak in their own words.

About the storytelling project

Participants of the ESSN storytelling project gather together at a workshop to learn new communications and storytelling skills

Participants of the ESSN storytelling project gather together at a workshop to learn new communications and storytelling skills

Photo: The Everyday Projects

The IFRC and Turkish Red Crescent are working with refugees who are passionate about telling and sharing stories in different ways. We're supporting them to learn the skills, knowledge and tools to share their voices in their own way.

Partnering with The Everyday Projects, storytellers receive hands-on training about photography, videography, social media and storytelling best practices.

We've paired each storyteller with a leading professional in the field who mentors and coaches them through their communication goals, and helps them improve their social media and storytelling tactics.

Unique voices, powerful stories

Meet our storytellers

A portrait of Abdurrezak Attar, a photographer from Syria taking part in the ESSN Storytelling project

Abdurrezak Attar, the photographer

A portrait of Ahmed Daho, a foodie traveller from Syria taking part in the ESSN Storytelling project

Ahmed Daho, the foodie traveller

A portrait of Alaa Hourani, a chef from Syria taking part in our ESSN storytelling project

Alaa Hourani, the chef

A portrait of Asmaa Alsawaf, an advocate from Syria taking part in the ESSN Storytelling project

Asmaa Alsawaf, the advocate

Farouk Akbik, a comedian from Syria taking part in the ESSN Storytelling project

Farouk Akbik, the comedian

A portrait of Luai Hamade, a young adventurer from Syria taking part in the ESSN storytelling project

Luai Hamade, the adventure storyteller

A portrait of Malak Hamami, an artist from Syria taking part in the ESSN storytelling project

Malak Hamami, the artist

A portrait of Nour Bakour, a history buff from Syria taking part in the ESSN storytelling project

Nour Bakour, the history buff

Why is storytelling so important?

Alaa and Farouk, two participants of the ESSN storytelling project, take part in a communications skills workshop and talk in depth about their preferred methods of storytelling

Alaa and Farouk, two participants of the ESSN storytelling project, take part in a communications skills workshop and talk in depth about their preferred methods of storytelling

Photo: The Everyday Projects

This innovative initiative has sprung from our work under the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN), funded by the European Union, which provides cash assistance to more than 1.5 million refugees in Türkiye. The programme is all about giving refugees the freedom and dignity to choose for themselves how to recover and rebuild their life after fleeing conflict.

We have the same opportunity to empower the refugees we support to share their own voices and reshape the way the media and others cover them—as people with resilience, passion, and dreams for the future. Their voices are also critical to helping us better respond as a humanitarian sector and to making meaningful policy change at the local and global level on issues that matter.

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This web page covers humanitarian aid activities implemented with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein should not be taken, in any way, to reflect the official opinion of the European Union, and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.