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 it and pasted that task to the next day.
Well, here’s why: I have about three more posts about Syrian refugees in Jordan lined up, but I’m tired of depressing news. And even the happy stuff – and there is some happy stuff to share – is sobering. I didn’t want to write sad stories about Syria this week, although I think they need to be told. So turns out this week was a bloggy break.
BUT… I did write about Syria this week. I was invited to do my first “author interview” over at Middle East Experience, a great venue for gathering a variety of interesting and informative resources on the Middle East. If you’re interested, even the teeny tiniest bit, even just because you read my blog and feel like I’m always bugging you to be interested in the Middle East, you should visit their site from time to time.
I loved doing this author interview, and I hope I get invited for more! What made this interview so awesome was that they asked really, really good questions about Syrian women, and the way current events are impacting real people. Please do take a look at the full interview and tell your friends about it. Not to promote Kati and her book (although I always appreciate help promoting my book 🙂 ), but because the issues about Syrian women that we discussed in the interview are real and important and worthy of our attention.
Here are a few quotes from the interview (yeah, I’m quoting myself. Is that weird?)…
“Many Syrian women are traumatised, and I worry a great deal about my friends who are suffering under a heavy emotional burden, having lost loved ones and sometimes witnessed brutality themselves. And we must keep in mind that, up until two years ago, Syria was one of the most peaceful countries in the world. The violence that surrounds them is a new phenomenon and it’s a hard pill to swallow.”
“In Assad’s Syria, women enjoyed a relatively strong degree of legal rights compared to many other Muslim countries, though many Syrian families are conservative so in reality there was a large proportion of women who never actually accessed these rights. Other women, though, most certainly did: I have had the privilege of getting to know women in Syria’s national parliament, as well as female university professors, doctors and journalists.”
“I’ve had the privilege of bringing groups of volunteers from the United States, Europe and Latin America, to Syria, and introducing them to my friends, and it has always been a lot of fun. Though there are of course exceptions, most Syrian women are not particularly interested in politics… Instead, my Syrian friends want American women to describe life on the other side of the world, they want to swap stories about children, and they want to show off their amazingly delicious cuisine.”
Photo is, well, of me. The blog administrator over at MEE had trouble uploading it, so I figured why not share it with you myself?