Shireen and Robeen both receive a salary from their Dad for working in the factory. “It is not a lot, but it is good to work here, I love helping my father,” said Robeen. And while they help their Dad in the pursuit of his dream of establishing his brand, they also use their income to pursue their own dreams, after leaving Syria.
Shireen was in her senior year in high school when they fled Syria in 2012, and wanted to pursue a law degree in Damascus. But in Erbil, public schools teach in Kurdish, not Arabic, the language she was used to being taught in.
“I didn’t know what my options were, especially with the difficult financial situation we were facing. We couldn’t afford the transportation costs of going to an Arabic-speaking school. So, I gave up on my dream of becoming a lawyer,” Shireen says.
Shireen might have given up on one of her dreams, but she has found a new one. She wants to become a journalist.