Feature Article by Caitlin Burns
At a time when life in Syria is at its most hostile it’s hard to imagine the stable life for an average teenager before conflict, chemical warfare and mass killings.
24-year-old medicine student, Catherine Makssy welcomed me into her parents’ Carrum Downs home. The comforting aroma of freshly baked maamoul cookies, a middle eastern treat, wafted through the house. Catherine spoke eloquently; it’s hard to fathom that English was actually her third language, after Arabic and French. We sat on the terrace beside a fishpond as she reflected on her childhood in Syria, family, and her love for learning.
Photo: Medicine student, Catherine Makssy now enjoys her new life in Australia (Source: Caitlin Burns).