The family Yousef comprises of father Zaid and mother Hanan and their three children of their own, the boys Karim and Nabil and one daughter Farah. Meriam, their niece of 18 years, has joined the family on their escape from their hometown Aleppo. Meriam lost her parents in the siege of the city and Zaid and Hanan took her into their home. The family is in a centre for asylum seekers. The brother of Zaid was already in the Netherlands. Mahmoud, his wife and daughter already have a visa and have just moved to an apartment.
The stories show how an average family, like the Yousef’s, might run up against cultural differences. It does not always happen, each individual is unique and nobody acts precisely according to the customs of a culture. In these stories the events highlight the differences and these have been accentuated to make them clear. Together, these stories provide us with enough background to help understand each other better.