Twice displaced but spirit unbroken

Syrian refugee Buthayna Elfaris shares her experience working as an interpreter as part of Oxfam KEDV’s emergency response following earthquakes in Türkiye.

When two powerful earthquakes hit Türkiye and Syria in February, Buthayna Elfaris experienced a devastating sense of déjà vu. With her home in Türkiye’s Hatay province destroyed, she and her family would have to start over—again. She shares in her own words what it was like to be displaced twice and why she was motivated to work with Oxfam.



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