Longing For Home | Aseel Hamarneh

Aseel’s story was so moving for so many of us. Home is a concept that feels real to us all in some form. We were reminded again that simple stories can be so profoundly universal. Yet in that simplicity, Aseel also touched on some complex societal issues. For instance internalising messaging that around cultural superiority/inferiority, and what that means for personal identity. She left us with a lot to ponder. For us there was also the sweet sense of fruition seeing Aseel take the chair. She has attended the Service for years and expressed disbelief about how we find so many people with interesting stories. Now her story has elegantly emerged; it’s come full circle. It’s always a gift to see the extraordinary ordinariness, the humanity and the uniqueness of everyone’s stories.