Letters of Hope - Laila to Raneem

Letters of Hope - Laila to Raneem

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Hi Raneem!

It's so good to talk with you! I'm Laila, and I'm 24 years old. I currently work as a researcher at Stanford University, working on better understanding the mental health of Syrian child refugees who have been exposed to war. You see, my dad's side is originally from Syria, and my mom's side is from Palestine. She was a refugee herself who had to flee her home and move to Jordan, where she and dad ultimately met. I was born and raised in Amman, not far from where you are right now. My family still lives in Amman, and I visit them very often. I hope I get to see you next time I'm in town.

I hear you want to be a pharmacist and want to document the Syrian Civil War. I think the world is lucky to have such a strong, determined woman. I am right here to support you in any way I can. You now have a sister in Jordan.

With love,



Thousands of miles apart, but connected through a letter. 

Read Laila and Raneem's Story

Laila Soudi was inspired by CARE’s Letters of Hope initiative, whereby WWII refugees, now in their 70s and 80s and living in America, wrote letters of support to Syrian children on the 5th anniversary of the Syrian war.