For Yolka Gessen and Mohamad Eisa, the concept of home is complicated.
Mr. Eisa, 24, is a native of Syria. In 2013, when the Syrian war escalated, the neighborhood in Homs where he lived with his mother and extended family fell under attack. Electricity was cut off; food and water were scarce. In July of that year, Mr. Eisa and his mother escaped to Turkey via Lebanon.
The two settled in Istanbul where Mr. Eisa attended high school and perfected his English by working at a traveler’s hostel….
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