Chaza Salloum from Syria
“Nobody tries to become a refugee.”
Chaza Salloum came to Germany in August 2014 with the humanitarian admission program. Originally from Maharde, she grew up in Aleppo and later lived in many different places. Since 1989, she was worked in the humanitarian field for and with refugees, and she knows how hard this work can be. “But seeing one’s fellow countrymen as refugees is something completely different!” she explains. “Nobody tries to become a refugee.”
Chaza Salloum studied French Literature and Design in Syria and Lebanon. After she spent a few years teaching, she discovered her passion for humanitarian work. Since then, she has worked with various non-governmental organizations in several countries and in many capacities, among others in a project with Iraqi refugees in Syria. From 2013 on, she worked with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, but the situation was difficult.