All photography provided by Jon Yee

Season One follows the lives of a small group of Syrian refugees currently living in Lebanon, the country with the highest number per capita of refugees in the world.

The stories range from uplifting, to devastating. Hear stories of children too excited to sleep the night before Eid, big families and happy marriages, as well as the terror of fleeing from the threat of ISIS, of relatives threatened, and the loss of homes and family in bombings.

All interviews are recorded in the homes of the refugees themselves, in the settlements in the Beqaa Valley.

Hassan Choubassi and Mohammad Hamoud provided the translation for the interviews.

The podcast features music by contemporary Syrian musicians. Faia Younan, the very first middle eastern refugee to crowdfund her debut, as well as Yousef Kekhia and Bisher Hafiz, two Syrian refugees currently living in Istanbul, have lent their music to this effort, amongst other musicians from around the world.

In addition to the interviews, the podcast also provides historical and political context for the stories and experiences. All figures have been sourced through reputable organisations such as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Norwegian Refugee Council, Human Rights Watch, or Doctors Without Borders. 

These podcasts have been made with the support of Salam LADC, a local NGO working in the Beqaa Valley.

Hindenburg Audio Suite sponsored the podcast by providing the audio editing software.

 

Future seasons

If you have an idea for our next season, or are interested in collaborating with us in any other way, please get in touch. Our focus is on refugees and displaced peoples, but by no means is it limited exclusively to Syrian refugees, nor the Middle East. We are interested in hearing the stories of anybody who has been displaced, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. There is no perfect story, nor perfect interviewee.