Art to empower Syrian Women

Work helped me with my psychological problems

Itab Azzam


I am a fifty-year old woman from Homs and, for most of the time since the battle for our home town, I suffered from extreme PTSD. I developed phobias that were completely debilitating (fears of heights above ground level, fear of strangers). Since I started working with Sabbara, my phobias have decreased beyond what I ever could have expected. The work has provided me with an outlet for my feelings and fills that void has always dragged me into a cycle of fear. Working has been better than any medication I could have been taken. Sometimes my enthusiasm means I produce so much that Sabbara struggles to cope with the supply. Whenever I wake up at night with any kind of fear, I start to embroider until it goes away.