- The Plate
Syrian Refugees Find Comfort, Humanity in the Ritual of Cooking
Before fleeing his hometown in Northern Syria, Ghalib* sat down to enjoy one final home-cooked meal: a chicken, potato, and tomato dish known as galaya. Ghalib, in his early twenties, now lives as a refugee in Jordan, where he works illegally as a construction worker and a doorman.
In Syria, Ghalib had managed to temporarily avoid trouble during the conflict by serving in Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian Army. That all changed when one night, when Ghalib, from his watch post, saw a stranger take out a knife and kill a local woman. Ghalib shot and killed the man. But it turned out the man Ghalib shot was a higher-up in the army, and Ghalib became a target. Realizing this, he