Heaven on Earth by Bilal Hussain – Kashmir

The place that poets refer to in their verses as “heaven on earth” exists in the fairy tales, and in reality is not far from the Middle East. This real life fantasy is the beautiful valley of Kashmir, which is surrounded by snow clad mountains, lush green woods, and innumerable springs. Like many places globally, … Continue reading Heaven on Earth by Bilal Hussain – Kashmir

Death and All His Friends – YaLa in Jordan

Nothing prepares you for that moment when someone looks you in the eye and tells you they have lost a loved one to this war. No psychology degree can teach you how to keep your lungs and heart going when you know you've got nothing… Nothing to say or do that could bring their mother, … Continue reading Death and All His Friends – YaLa in Jordan

How it all happened by Y. Yemen

On March 21st, a few hundred men who mainly came from the province of Saada in Yemen, and who were surrounding Sana'a, the capital, overran the city and within a few hours controlled every public facility in it. The men were gathering around the city for few weeks before they made their way inside it. … Continue reading How it all happened by Y. Yemen

A loss of hope by Yuval Bar, Israel

I was young, 19, four months in the army, three at the Nablus headquarters. My first new year’s eve as a soldier just passed, and there was relative peace after the 9/11 attack. It was early, and I am not a morning person… we just got word that the P.L.O. arrested some fighters of the … Continue reading A loss of hope by Yuval Bar, Israel

My Three Months in Prison by Kedy Osman Ali, Sudan

In 2008, I was a 22-year-old boy. I finished my last exam for the Sudan High School Certificate. I was supposed to start my national service, which was compulsory in the Sudan, in two months. About 1,500 fellow students and I were receiving national service training when we were ordered to go to fight the … Continue reading My Three Months in Prison by Kedy Osman Ali, Sudan