Um Amer recounts the fear that terrorized her before fleeing Syria. “They started searching houses, killing and slaughtering… stopping women and children and killing them. My husband said, ‘We can’t keep on like this, I have sons and daughters.’ He was afraid for them.”

Now in Jordan, she describes the close relationship the knitting group shares. “I don’t have family here- friends have become family.”

Um Amer relies on the knitting group as a source of hope while living with the constant uncertainty of having a missing brother back in Syria. She describes feeling “relaxed and productive” while knitting, emphasizing the significance of the small income.

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