January 19, 2018
Roman ruins of Syrian city of Apamea

The Coin Seller

“I have some ancient Byzantine and Roman coins. Want to take a look? I’ll give you a great price.”
May 6, 2017
Apricots on the tree

Wandering Old Damascus for frozen lemonade

“I’ll pay.” “No, I’ll pay.” “Last time you paid.” “So! I’ll pay this time too.” “Come on, Alaa, get ready to go to the shops."
April 22, 2017
Grapes on the vine

The land we once had

Alzabadany means “the Good” - a land that doesn't let a seed lie in vain, but nurtures it until it grows to become a tree and gives its produce to the good people.
February 18, 2017
Composite image: Beach at sunset with overlaid flowers

Love in a Strange Land

The UK was very different from Syria – 800 degrees different. When I was in Damascus, I didn't really consider myself living any more.
May 1, 2016
Hands holding a smartphone

How I keep in touch with family in Syria

I cannot see my family in Syria much, because it is so hard to get to them. So we send each other pictures on WhatsApp.
March 19, 2016
Globe showing Europe

Finding salvation beyond barbed wire

On a cold night in 2013, I left my beloved house in my city Qamishli, and headed towards the barbed wire that separated our country from Turkey.
September 7, 2014
Cars driving down a busy road by night

Remembering the daily micro ride

When the driver of a London double decker bus stops to let one more running figure on, it always leaves a smile on my face.
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