October 6, 2019

Childhood friends

Life is a permanent childhood where fading memories always get a chance to come back to life, like a sunrise promising a new sunny day.
August 22, 2019
Damascene Brocade.

The beauty of Queen Elizabeth’s brocade wedding veil from Damascus

In 1947, the British Royal Palace requested brocade for the royal wedding dress. Syria sent a piece, its pattern ‘The Birds of Paradise’ later become known as 'The Queens' pattern'.
January 19, 2018
Ruin of building of black and white stone

The City of Black Stones

My city is Homs, or as we Homsians call it: the city of black stones.
December 22, 2016
Soap and spices in market

Aleppo Markets

When I was a little boy, I used to hear my father talking about the “Mdayene”, a name used by Aleppens to describe the old market.
October 22, 2016
Arch replica in Trafalgar Square

The Arch

Sometimes I try to avoid saying I’m from Syria, just to avoid talking about it. I don’t think people understand.
October 9, 2016
Path lined by trees in Hyde Park

A Londoner

Before the war, people would ask me: “Where are you from?” And when I said: “From Syria,” many people would ask: “Where is Syria?”.
July 30, 2016
Aleppo souk at night

In the Souq

“I need some dates, spices and zaatar halabi, Ramadan might be tomorrow”, my mum said to my dad.
May 14, 2016
Reflection of Aleppo buildings in water

The Citadel

I used to wake up at 7.30 everyday, eat breakfast with my mum and dad, and then set off to work.
April 3, 2016
Man exhaling smoke

The Syria Test

They asked me a lot of questions. The first 20 were to verify if I was Syrian or not.