Ayoub in Leiden

Starting anew

Ayoub in Leiden


Ayoub’s Dear Things: Memories of a Long Journey

story by Frank van den Boom

This story is about Ayoub. He lives in Leiden and is being trained to work in the service industry. When he is done, he wishes to open a small grocery store. He and his girlfriend Renée have a son called Kees. Full of energy and with a radiant smile, Ayoub talks about the current state of his life: a lot has changed since he fled from Afghanistan to the Netherlands about five years ago. In front of him, a number of items are spread out: letters with children’s drawings, a spencer with his name written on it, a couple of documents and boxer shorts with a little zipper. This is the story of Ayoub and the objects dear to him.

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