August 12, 2019
Mount Qasioun.

The Mountain of the 40 Prophets

I lived at the foot of Mount Qasioun, in the basin of middle-class oblivion. I often sat on my balcony and contemplated how beautiful it looked.
June 28, 2018
River Euphrates at Dura Europos

Postcards from the Euphrates

The Euphrates is stunning here: wide, dotted with tree covered islands and in the late afternoon sun it was a beguiling mixture of blues and greens.
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.
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.”
January 19, 2018
Hikers walk down a path in a wood

Frans’ Hike

Al Maseer is a group activity, a hike, in which people from all backgrounds, religions and beliefs come together. It takes place every year, and it would be led by Father Frans.
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 26, 2017
Stone wall and buildings


I always miss the small town of Breeke, especially in the holidays. It's not a fancy place.
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.