Category Archives: Syrians who have inspired me

Mourning Sham

With each day that passes, I feel further removed from Syria. But I still have dear friends there, and am privileged to be in touch with them several times a week. They are so dear to me, and they are … Continue reading

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Hunger Games and Syrian Children

This weekend, I watched the film Hunger Games. I know, I know, I arrived at that show a bit late. But I knew it would be intense viewing so I wanted to be prepared and a brutal sinus thingy ensured … Continue reading

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Engaging with Mourning

Dear fellow culturtwiners, I shudder at myself, allowing two months and ten days to pass since I last posted on CulturTwined! Someone as hooked on writing as me should never let so much time pass without writing anything, and I … Continue reading

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Trauma squared

“Back when we lived in Homs, the kids would do art activities at school. They drew trees, birds, and pictures of other kids playing. Now, the kids I know still draw, but they draw guns, bombs and fighter jets.” Today … Continue reading

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Another touching poem from Syria

A few weeks ago I posted a poem written by someone who goes by the label “the Syrian poet”. I was impressed by how many hits that poem got, and pleased, because I thought it really captured the heart of … Continue reading

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How Za’atari became a city

“They’re Syrians, after all. What did you expect?” This is the mantra being passed around among humanitarian aid specialists, NGO representatives, UN personnel and other people working with Syrian refugees in Jordan. It’s the reason given to explain that the … Continue reading

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Author interview over at Middle East Experience

I didn’t mean to, but hey, look at that… I took a break from CulturTwined this week! Every day, I put “BLOG!” on my “to-do” list (yes, I have one of those – do you?) and every day, I cut … Continue reading

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A bit of a rant: Bored to tears, waiting for the war to end!

A couple of days ago, I posted here about a lovely Syrian woman who I met. She was living as a refugee in Jordan and one of her biggest frustrations was that she and her daughters are bored out of … Continue reading

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She fled, she has seen terrible things, she’s bored… but there’s joy

We sat in a spacious living room furnished with nothing but the mattresses that had been donated to her by churches in Europe, through a local church… and the space heater that the church had recently given her, thanks to … Continue reading

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A beautiful poem for Syrians crossing to other lands

Recently, I met someone who we can call “the Syrian poet” who writes about the heart of the people in Syria. I’m not a poet but I admire poetry from a safe, for its ability to capture the heart of … Continue reading

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