In the summer of 2016, TIME launched a multimedia project following the story of newborn baby Heln and her family, Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Europe.
In this award winning interactive, Taimaa tells of the frustrations of waiting for asylum, the quiet moments of new motherhood, and the lonely struggle to fit in in a new land, through a series of text messages with TIME video journalist Francesca Trianni. The intimate and immersive page features photographs by Lynsey Addario and reporting by TIME’s Aryn Baker.
This is just one story at the heart of Europe’s refugee crisis, where for the first time since World War II the majority of refugees are women and children. This daily struggle plays out against the backdrop of Europe’s newest experiment to integrate hundreds of thousands of refugees, some into countries that have very little experience with outsiders. Finding Home, Heln’s First Year puts a name and a face on this real-life experience.