From Zaid Hassan at ALIA Insti­tute: Coming from a family where we’ve been refugees forever, I’ve grown up with this sentence in my head: “no problem is really a problem.” Ever since we’ve been kids, being upset about a problem or despairing or being depressed has just been a no-no. We were raised with an atti­tude that no problem is so big that it should be over­whelming, and for the longest time that was never really called into ques­tion. I think the last five or six years of work have made me really look at this. My ances­tors’ and parents’ history is part of my personal history, and every day I realize how much it’s shaped the work I do. That might seem obvious, but it hasn’t been obvious to me. · Go to Trauma in our systems →