I am Syrian Palestinian born in Yarmouk camp in Damascus.
In 2011 when the unrest started in Syria I was working for a local bank, the instability was creating panic in the finance sector and instinctively I knew I had to leave, selling what few things I could I left to Istanbul, leaving my family and a good job for an uncertain future.
As a single woman without support in a new country life was very difficult, doing menial work while all the time applying for scholarships and visas to travel, facing constant barriers and rejection, trying to work towards my future but also just trying to pay the rent and survive.
Finally hard work and perseverance paid off in 2014 when I was accepted for a job with the World Bank where I am now currently employed as an analyst.
Despite my career success and financial security my legal status is always in doubt.