خيالات حياة بين طرق حلب المسدودة

خيالات حياة بين طرق حلب المسدودة

لشهر كامل تكفّلت براميل النظام والصواريخ الروسية بإيقاظي صباحاً٫ منبّهاتي الدقيقة في مواعيدها تبسّمرني واقفاً في تمام الساعة السابعة صباحاً يومياً٫ لا تدخل القذائف في هذه المعادلة فصوتها اعتيادي بما فيه الكفاية لئلا يقلق نومي. أشتاق لرفاهية الكسل الصباحي في السرير٫ أشتاق لئلا أقفز منه مفزوعاً لأرتدي ما تقع عليه يدي وأركض نحو ضحايا منبهاتي الجدد. درّبتني السنوات الخمس الماضية ...

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Life and death in Aleppo, a city recently under siege

Life and death in Aleppo, a city recently under siege

For the past month I haven’t needed to set a morning alarm – the regime jets do that job for me. Every single day we have been woken at 7am by a missile or by a barrel bomb. I can’t tell if there are mortars, because I am so used to the sound of their explosions that they no longer ...

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Chasing bananas, dodging bombs: Life and death in besieged Aleppo

Chasing bananas, dodging bombs: Life and death in besieged Aleppo

The Syrian army, supported by Shia militias and the Russian air force, was advancing quickly into Aleppo. While he filled his small backpack, Mahmoud laid out his plan. “Within couple of days, they will take the last road connecting Aleppo city to its suburb, Castello,” he said. “I must leave now to make it in.” In 2012, Mahmoud Rashwani, a 30-year-old ...

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Excited to Becoming Stateless! Thanks To Your Horrible World!

Excited to Becoming Stateless! Thanks To Your Horrible World!

Suddenly I stopped being bothered by the fact that I am going to be stateless within couple of months, yes I will be a paperless unidentified person with 3 valid visas (US, EU and UK) and over used completely full Syrian 8 years-old passport that I can’t replace, not even with a 5000$ bribe, the regime didn’t accept to issue ...

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EU/US Syrian Refugees Crisis: a Syrian perspective

EU/US Syrian Refugees Crisis: a Syrian perspective

“I am betraying my revolution, I am betraying my homeland,” said Karam, when he declared that is immigrating to Germany after surviving over four years of war. Originally from the eastern side of Aleppo city, he relocated to the rebel-controlled western side when the regime took control of the city. “Between getting arrested by Assad forces or bombed by them, ...

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