Shoes Inhabited by Memories

Waad Albitar


Waad Albitar stands at the window with her sons, watching refugees flood into Damascus. Many of them, even the small children, are shoeless. She collects all the family’s old shoes for the refugees. Her little son even parts with his prized Spiderman sneakers. But there is one pair she cannot donate, the black, special-occasion heels she has shared with her mother. They come with her to Canada.

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