Links from Syria

If you follow CulturTwined, you have probably already caught on to the fact that I’ve now launched my novel about Syrian women, Dreams in the Medina, as an e-book, in all formats. Please do take a second to click here to visit the site that has links to all the formats, or visit (and like!) the book’s Facebook page for updates and tasters!

I’ve talked a fair bit on this blog about Syria and how events there have been so difficult to witness. I’ve most certainly been paying attention to news from Syria, but with my book about Syria in the forefront of my thinking, the news from Syria feels even a bit more personal these days.

So this week, all of the interesting links I found that I’d like to share with you… well, they all come from Syria.

First, this one tells the story that is most important! The media doesn’t like to dwell on this because, I suppose, it’s not as interesting as bombs and corruption and sexual scandal. Nonethless, this is the real news, and it’s not only happening in the town profiled in the article; it’s happening all over the country. Indeed, it is the story of life in wartime anywhere in the world… LIFE GOES ON: Syrian town takes strife in stride

Second, I’d like to share with you what I think is the most bizarre story of Syria these days. This guys has achieved quasi-celebrity status, and I can understand why. My favourite part? Where he says he took out an insurance policy so that if (when?) he dies his daughters can benefit. I’m also rolling my eyes at the fact he doesn’t speak hardly a word of English and even less Arabic. And then there’s this quote: “I always go by myself, because no tour guide wants to go to the front. It’s very exciting, and the adrenaline rush is like no other.” I guess that’s one way to look at it.

Finally, two articles about Syrian women who are refugees in Jordan. I’m thinking these women might be the beginnings of my next novel. One is a video documentary. It’s a tad long, but worth watching, about a woman named Leila (just like the main character in my novel Dreams in the Medina) and how she is holding her family together through some enormous difficulties. Fantastically inspiring. The other is much more sobering, but I fear it is tragically true: Syrian women and girls allege use of sexual violence in civil war

Please, pray for Syria. Thank you.

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