Syria

Silent siege

Suzanne Ibrahim is a well-known Syrian poet, author and journalist. The everyday life and rights of women have dominated her writing and journalistic work. She left Syria in 2018 after having been threatened and attacked by both the regime and the rebels because of her texts. She arrived in Östersund, Sweden as a guest writer.

Dancing like girls

“Don’t dance like a girl / I will dance / Don’t move like a girl / 

The Walls of Stockholm

“My name is carved into all the trees / and scribbled on all the buses / 

Kurds have only their weddings

“Everyone joins in the fun until the singer switches to a loud lament about the massacre in Halabja

The House in Manbij

“I come from Manbij a city that just like all other Syrian cities has suffered b

The transformations of the Syrian revolution

The Syrian uprising against the al-Assad regime is now entering its fourth year with seemingly no end in sight. In fact, the conflict is now spreading to neighbouring countries such as Iraq. Writer Faraj Bayrakdar gives us a bitter look at the rest of the world's lack of ability to understand what is actually at stake.

Diary of the silent

Syrian poet, Housam Al-Mosilli, was forced to flee Syria in 2012 after he was imprisoned three times and repeatedly tortured. Today, he lives in exile in Turkey. In the poem, “Diary of the silent,” he does not just write about the country he left, but how Syria left him.

What happens to your mother is not your concern!

The cruelties and abuses taking place today in Syria defy all comprehension. Perhaps not even literature, or the language itself, is sufficient to be able to depict what is happening. But how then can we tell the rest of the world about it, asks Syrian writer Omar Kaddour.

The spring of blood and ashes

“Blood and ash from the stolen Arabian spring / have penetrated the mornings, evenings and nights,” writes Syrian poet Bandar Abdulhamid in his collection of poems. The brutal reality of Syria is bleeding on the surface. The only thing left to do is wait for the coming spring. 

While we are waiting

Syrian poet Amira Abul Husn is one of those who have chosen to remain in the war-torn country, using her pen to bear witness to all that is going on around her. In her poetry, she depicts fragments of everyday life from the horrible realities of Syria. The poem, published in The Dissident's Blog, is a new addition.

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