Copenhagen, Denmark – Rihab Kassem, a retired nurse and grandmother of Syrian and Palestinian origin, arrived in Denmark more than eight years ago.

She had been living in Yarmouk, an unofficial camp in Damascus for the Palestinian refugee community in Syria.

Her initial plan was to visit Waled, her son who had been living in Denmark since 1996 and has long been a citizen of the Scandinavian country.

But after she arrived, as the war intensified in Syria, violence gripped her refugee camp.

She applied for asylum and in January 2014, Danish authorities gave her a residence permit, valid for five years. That was then extended for another two years. Later, she was granted temporary protection status.

Her new life grew as the one she had known

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