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

“Where are the men, speak or I’kill you!” by Alexandrine, Burkina Faso

There are some moments in life that remain etched in the memory and we re-live the same emotions when we bring back those memories. In regards to the story I’m going to tell you, I still tremble whenever I mention it. We are in 2015 in Lomé, the Togolese capital. The atmosphere is tense. Gnassingbe’s … Continue reading “Where are the men, speak or I’kill you!” by Alexandrine, Burkina Faso

A new Chapter Amr Bazgifan, Yemen

2011, a turning point in my life. I, Amr Bazgifan, understood the meaning of death and reincarnation. The same day a door was opened for me, a book of sweet anecdotes and tales was closed forever. It was the same day and only a few minutes separating the phone call I received (informing me about … Continue reading A new Chapter Amr Bazgifan, Yemen

Few Seconds, Lifelong Lesson by Abu Bakr Bashir, Gaza, Palestine

It was July 2014, a few days after the war in Gaza started. I was at home with my wife, Reem, and our two kids, Lily, 5, and Joe, 4. Like every other family in Gaza, we were dressed to leave at a moment’s notice - Lily was wearing the pink track suit I bought … Continue reading Few Seconds, Lifelong Lesson by Abu Bakr Bashir, Gaza, Palestine

Darashish, and My First Lesson from a Stranger Abed-allah A. Baba from Iraq

I was born in Sulaimanyah, Iraq in 1994. Not only is it a great city, but it has officially been recognized as the capital of enlightenment by the Kurdistan Regional Government. But at the age of 5 my father’s job forced us to move to Iran, and so we went to Sanandaj in 1999. I … Continue reading Darashish, and My First Lesson from a Stranger Abed-allah A. Baba from Iraq