Supreme Objective

Mushriq Al-Quraishi, Iraq In the middle of 2006, a civil war began in my hometown in Iraq. I was 18-years-old and in my final year of high school. My family moved to the Kurdistan Region and I was obliged to finish my final exam at my grandfather's house. It was really hard for me, I … Continue reading Supreme Objective

The Box by Khaled K, Syria

Five years ago, I was living in a box. Not literally a box, but an extremely small room. When I lived inside this box, I lived like an animal in a cage. My life was controlled by other people. There were eighty people in this small box, all so close together that we were almost one. … Continue reading The Box by Khaled K, Syria

Fearing the Next Explosion

by Aziza Roshani, Afganistan It was the first week of the month of Ramadan, May 31st 2017, and a regular summer day in Chittagong, Bangladesh, the place where I had come from my home, Afghanistan, to study. At 1:30pm, I was on my way to my performing arts class. That day, I woke up late … Continue reading Fearing the Next Explosion

The Uninvited Guest by Hadass Evron, Israel

The problem with anxiety attacks is that they're always coming at a bad time. They don’t ask you if it’s okay when they come, they don’t knock on your door, they just burst in as an uninvited guest that you have to deal with. My body started shaking in the car as I was on … Continue reading The Uninvited Guest by Hadass Evron, Israel

Of Trees and Walls by Ela Lipaz, Israel

I was 26 years old, and I've never met the Palestinians who lived only 5 minutes away from my neighborhood. I stood at this beautiful observation point in Jerusalem and looked upon the Palestinian villages near Bethlehem. My entire life I was living here, but I've never visited them. Next to me were standing a … Continue reading Of Trees and Walls by Ela Lipaz, Israel