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Syria

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Silent siege

Suzanne Ibrahim is a well-known Syrian poet, author and journalist. The everyday life and rights of women have dominated her writing and journalistic work. She left Syria in 2018 after having been...
Text: Suzanne Ibrahim November 29 2018
Fiction

The Walls of Stockholm

"My name is carved into all the trees / and scribbled on all the buses / despite how I cannot write a single word… "
Text: Wafai laila September 11 2018
Fiction

Kurds have only their weddings

"Everyone joins in the fun until the singer switches to a loud lament about the massacre in Halabja—no one can understand the sudden change—and soon the bride is in tears and the groom too and grief...
TEXT: Lukman Derky: Lukman Derky September 11 2018
Fiction

The House in Manbij

"I come from Manbij a city that just like all other Syrian cities has suffered bombings, death, liberation, and where kings of all forms and colours have passed through."
TEXT: Aboud Saeed September 11 2018
Poetry

Dancing like girls

"Don’t dance like a girl / I will dance / Don’t move like a girl / I will move"
TEXT: Khaled Alesmael September 11 2018
Article

Lesbian Love in the Land of Fear

"Was is worth your while to go through all this when you could silently love women?", Dr. Iman Al-Ghafari, ICORN guest writer, about the conditions for love in surveillance cultures.
Text: Dr. Iman Al-Ghafari December 18 2017
Fiction

I will go back to my country one day

Syrian poet Housam Al-Mosilli was forced to flee Syria in 2012 after having been imprisoned and tortured three times. He lived in exile in Istanbul for four years while waiting to find a refuge. On...
Text: Housam Al-Mosilli March 10 2016
Article

The transformations of the Syrian revolution

The Syrian uprising against the al-Assad regime is now entering its fourth year with seemingly no end in sight. In fact, the conflict is now spreading to neighbouring countries such as Iraq. Writer...
Text: Faraj Bayrakdar September 10 2014
Poetry

Diary of the silent

Syrian poet, Housam Al-Mosilli, was forced to flee Syria in 2012 after he was imprisoned three times and repeatedly tortured. Today, he lives in exile in Turkey. In the poem, “Diary of the silent,” he...
Text: Housam Al-Mosilli September 10 2014
Fiction

What happens to your mother is not your concern!

The cruelties and abuses taking place today in Syria defy all comprehension. Perhaps not even literature, or the language itself, is sufficient to be able to depict what is happening. But how then can...
Text: Omar Kaddour September 10 2014
Poetry

The spring of blood and ashes

“Blood and ash from the stolen Arabian spring / have penetrated the mornings, evenings and nights,” writes Syrian poet Bandar Abdulhamid in his collection of poems. The brutal reality of Syria is...
Text: Bandar Abdulhamid September 10 2014
Poetry

While we are waiting

Syrian poet Amira Abul Husn is one of those who have chosen to remain in the war-torn country, using her pen to bear witness to all that is going on around her. In her poetry, she depicts fragments of...
Text: Amira Abul Husn September 10 2014
Poetry

Syria: Curses

Put on your clothes and leave You can walk out naked if you wish The blood of the dead that does not disturb your sleep...
Text: Amira Abul Husn October 24 2013
Fiction

Syria: The barricades

The woman with the expressive face There she stands with a look of intense surprise on her face on an ordinary morning...
Text: Hazim Alazmah October 24 2013
Poetry

Syria: Die from the stabs of despair

1 Yesterday evening I wrote a short poem about a mortar shell and hoped that it would fly off to neverwhere. When the...
Text: Ali Safar October 24 2013

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