I work in child protection and gender-based violence projects, in Afrin and the Aleppo countryside.
I was used to being on alert every day, saving people, tracking choppers, tracking bombers.
I crossed into Turkey; I was lucky I had permission because of my work, but when I got there, it was very difficult.
Aleppo was the last big urban centre held by the opposition, and with its capture, the hope of ousting President Bashar al-Assad effectively died, although the war raged on.
Her name is Layana, which means good life and future.
You will travel far to find a novel which deals so simply, yet beautifully, with one of the most complex problems of our time: the plight of refugees.