Hums are never just about songs. They are always more about stories, memories, feelings of you and me.

When we asked displaced Syrian families to share with us their hums of songs and tunes about food and meals, their hums were more than about food. They were for people with whom they shared meals.

These are hums for homesickness, love, working in the field, trading, raising chicken, preparing meals, having coffee, religious devotion, love for the nation and their people, nostalgia and commemoration, and their particular challenges during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are beautiful and heart-warming hums, and they deserve our listening.

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