Alberto, Rasha and their daughters, Farah, 10, and Fajer, 6, fled from Syria to Sicily, where Alberto’s grandfather was from [Alessandro Puglia/Al Jazeera]

Alberto Livadiotti sifts through a pile of old photos, some in black and white, others in colour, as his youngest daughters quietly play with Stella, the house’s cat, on the floor of their apartment on the western outskirts of Catania, eastern Sicily.

Alberto is sipping from a cup of Turkish coffee. He is joined by his wife, Rasha, in the living room of the apartment, which is decorated with hookahs and oriental lamps with colourful mosaics, to look through the family album together.

“Look, this is your baba when he was your age,” says Alberto, gently wrapping an arm around

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