"A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters... The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates." (Genesis 2) A time came when my friends started leaving the nest and touring the world. I remember thinking … Continue reading Going to Eden by Yair Arieli, Israel – photo essay –
It’s getting quite late, and the sun has long set behind the Bosporus Bridge. As the metro carries me to Atatürk Airport, it seems quite improbable that only a few hours earlier I had been part of something so big. Inside my head, I run the names and faces of the strong, beautiful individuals I've … Continue reading “We Are Here” by Amit Meyer, Israel.
On December 31st, 2016, people around the world had different party plans to ring in the new year. Many among these were tourists and locals of Istanbul who wanted to celebrate this moment and share their happy moments with friends and loved ones at Reina club, a popular nightclub in Istanbul. The party did not … Continue reading The Language of Terror by Sarah Moussaoui, Morocco
It was the second Thursday of May, another hot and sunny day in Istanbul. I began my morning like I did every day: woke up at 9:00 am, took a shower, had my breakfast and made my way to the library. We had had a great game the night before against the Marmara team, but … Continue reading An Unfamiliar Bed by Mohammed El Amine Dekhissi, Algeria
From Turkey to Sweden- the journey of a Syrian refugee.
I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. That was one of the greatest challenges I had to face in my life. I’m a Syrian of Circassian origins (A community in the south-west of Russia). My parents brought me up with the strict Circassian values. Values that are all about respect and co-existence, values that … Continue reading Diversity For The Win! by Dyna Eslam, Turkey
Each time I want to describe what is going on around me, I feel like my heart takes the initiative to write instead of my pen or fingers, especially when I want to describe or tell a tragic story about the suffering of people I care about. A few weeks ago, a close friend of … Continue reading When Men Shed Tears by Yousif Ishaq, Turkey