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Show 110: Syria

Show 110: Syria

Playing tracks by

Tom Jones, Bastille and Ellie Goulding.

This decision was not easy at all.

In August 2015, Lina Afessa, Nidal and Rafael - a family - decided to leave war-driven Damascus and head to Poland. Eight families were welcomed in Poznan.

Lina and Nidal's son, Rafael, was the hardest one to convince. He didn't want to leave Syria where all of his family used to live. Including his brother, who's still there. But for Rafa, it was also about his church. He used to serve in the Nazarene Church.

They're all Christians and love John Paul II. In the show, Nadal, the former Vatican ambassador's employee, tells the story of his special time with the Polish pope.

A warm, bittersweet story of a family that seeks normality.