Hamza (Abu Abdulrrahman) is a soft-spoken man who studied English literature when he was in college in Iraq. Shakespeare is his favorite author, and "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day" his favorite poem. Now, many years out of college and having fled from his home in Iraq, the lighthearted nature of the poem is light years away from his day-to-day experience in Amman.
In Amman, Hamza says he feels too pressured by his situation to take the time to read because, "I’m always thinking about working. I need work, I’m used to work, I love work. If I stay in the house, I feel sick." In Iraq, he was an operations manager, and he constantly feels restless in Amman, since he’s forbidden to work. Hamza explains that his son likes to play like a normal child, but the circumstances of living in Amman are not helping, and his wife is bored. He dreams of going to Australia with his family and working.
To satisfy his desire to keep busy and help out, Hamza has become very involved in volunteering at the center. He describes his gratefulness for CRP’s help: "I went to so many organizations, and none of them did anything for me until I came to CRP. The help they give me makes me feel good. I feel like they understand my suffering and feel it with me. He participates in dominoes night at the center and has also become very involved in coordinating events and even teaching English.
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