Light Blue Eyes by Orit Eldar, Israel

It was at the end of winter 2005. I found myself sitting in the living room of a 2.5 bedroom apartment I knew too well. The curtains, sofas and paintings on the walls reminded me that I was in a safe place, they have been a part of this house my entire life. But I … Continue reading Light Blue Eyes by Orit Eldar, Israel

A Night in Kobani by Abdulslam Mohammad Khanjar, Syria

On September 14, 2014, the Siege of Kobani by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was underway. Already, the people from the villages near Kobani were leaving and moving toward the Turkish Border. Eight-year-old Jwan had gone with his cousin, 10-year-old Jan, to play in the nearby play yard. Back at home, the … Continue reading A Night in Kobani by Abdulslam Mohammad Khanjar, Syria

The day I became a man by Denis Woniala, Uganda

As the saying goes “east or west, home is the best.” In 2010, I had to travel back home from a vacation from Kenya. I was 18 years old at the time and had just finished my senior year.  During this time, back in my village it was a circumcision season in my tribe, Bagisu, … Continue reading The day I became a man by Denis Woniala, Uganda

The last two Tanks by Mohammed Khalaf, Palestine

2002 was a year unlike any other, at least in Palestine and Israel. All news and pictures coming in were tinged in blood red. In Tel-Aviv, Ramallah, Jenin and Jerusalem the streets were not as usual. Cinema Square in Jenin, the heart of city, was completely deserted of the guys who used to come there … Continue reading The last two Tanks by Mohammed Khalaf, Palestine

Life with Moe by Ofek Ravid, Israel

It was one of my days off on a sunny Sunday morning when I first met him. To be honest, I was not expecting to meet Moe that day. I was off to the big town of Sonora, a town of thousands  of individuals living in the mountains of central California. I was going to … Continue reading Life with Moe by Ofek Ravid, Israel