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30 Jun

Jana’s story

Jana, 35, Syrian Widow, Mother of five Homemaker   “ The Intisar Foundation drama therapy programme made me stronger. The facilitator would lead us through the sessions, telling us that we are, indeed, strong people. I found my strength through their words and our shared experiences.”   My name is Jana. I am a 35-year-old […]

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30 Jun

Malake’s story

Malake, 56, Palestinian – Lebanese Widowed, Mother of five Working as a taxi driver   “I would love to encourage women to be strong. Women are indeed stronger than anyone can imagine, and they are capable of performing many different roles – the mother, the father, the educator, the provider, and yes, even the taxi […]

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14 Jun

Interview with Aziza Nait Sihaba

Aziza Nait Sihaba is an Executive Editor and Senior Anchor at France 24, and Founder of Taja Sport.   “ I’m really impressed with all the work done by the Intisar Foundation, because it’s really rare for an organisation to address mental health and psychological wellbeing, especially of women, and especially in the Arab world. […]

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9 May

Maya’s story

Maya, 46, Palestinian Married, Mother of three Homemaker Lives in Shatila refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon   “ When I stood on the stage with everyone in my drama therapy group looking at me and listening attentively, I felt something I never felt before in my life. Not being an important person, but a visible person. […]

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9 May

Jameela’s story

Jameela, 50, Palestinian Married, Mother of six Homemaker Lives in Shatila refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon   “ Until this day, I think about how I carried this tiny child in my arms and ran in the corridors of the Shatila Camp, blindly searching for safety, when I was just 17. We would run from one […]

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6 Apr

Interview with HH Sayyida Basma Al Said

HH Sayyida Basma Al Said is the founder of Whispers of Serenity, the first private clinic specialised in mental health and wellbeing in Muscat, Oman.   “ When we talk about women who have been through war and violence, PTSD hits them so hard but much later on, because they carry so much on their […]

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22 Mar

Samia’s story

Samia, 52, Palestinian Married, Mother of three Lives in Shatila refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon   “Go out, go to [social] centers and ask if they have programmes or activities that can help you improve in any way. Working on yourself is something essential, and you have to take the first step. Do not be ashamed […]

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22 Mar

Amouna’s story

Amouna, 46, Palestinian Married, Unemployed Lives in Shatila refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon   “Although life can be extremely difficult, I want to say to Arab women to stay strong and keep their faith. We can survive any circumstances we live through, but we do not always have to do it on our own. Intisar Foundation […]

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7 Feb

Interview with Richard Hougham

Richard Hougham is a drama therapist, Principal Lecturer and Course Leader of the MA Drama and Movement Therapy programme at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, and Chair of the European Consortium of Arts Therapies Education (ECArTE)     Please tell us more about your journey from realising the psychological importance of […]

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27 Jan

Lisa’s story

Liza, 41, Lebanese Married, Mother of one Lives in Burj Hammoud, Lebanon   ” The explosion was so powerful that it threw my son and me against the wall. We assumed it was a rocket that struck our house, and I was screaming my heart out, losing control and not comprehending what had occurred. My hand, back, […]

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