I Don’t Want to Talk About Home

“Growing up in conservative Saudi Arabia, Suad Aldarra felt stifled by the strictures placed on women. She yearned for the vibrant Syrian streets of her family’s origin. When the opportunity arose to study at Damascus University, she jumped at the chance to move to a city she loved and to experience a degree of freedom she’d never known.

But when the war started, everything changed. Suddenly Suad was thrown into a world of relentless pressure desperately looking for a way out. Her degree in software engineering was the saving grace that allowed her to travel to Ireland on a working visa. Yet reaching safety came at a price…

I Don’t Want to Talk About Home is not a memoir about war and destruction. It’s not about camps or boats. It’s about the enduring love for a home that ceased to exist, building a life out of the rubble, and the parts of yourself you lose and find when integrating into a new world.”

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ireland Ltd 

Suad Aldarra is a Syrian storyteller, data scientist, and software engineer based in Dublin, Ireland. She holds a Master’s in Data Analytics from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). Her thesis RefugeesAre.info, which tackles the spreading issue of misinformation about refugees and migrants in the news, won Techfugees Global Challenges Awards 2018, was shortlisted by the European DatSci & AI Awards 2019 and won the Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards 2020. Techcrunch listed her work as one of the 25 most innovative new projects using technology to help refugees and NGOs. Suad started the Women Techmakers Group in Galway, a Google program to empower women in technology, and she currently volunteers with Techfugees to empower displaced people with technology.


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