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Lessons From Homs

(This piece is part of a series running all week on Beyond Compromise about Homs. In memory of the city, its brave people and its countless dead.) It feels like light years have passed since those long February nights I spent watching a live stream of Homs being shelled into oblivion. Mortar rounds, rockets, and intermittent gunfire: smiling as I heard the rooster crow over the sound of bombing, wincing painfully each time an explosion came close enough to shake the camera, forgetting to … [Read More...]

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Homs lies destroyed

(This piece is part of a series running all week on Beyond Compromise about Homs. In memory of the city, its brave people and its countless dead.) I remember thinking, as many Syrians did, that Bashar Al-Assad would not dare to do anything comparable to his father's ravaging of the city of Hama in 1982. With smartphones, social media and the eyes of the world watching, how could he? We were wrong.Homs, a city of 1 million, is now devastated, with most of its residents long having fled the … [Read More...]

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Yarmouk Crisis Deepens: aid distribution halted entirely since April 9th.

“18th April was the 9 months anniversary of the Yarmouk siege,” Alaa Aboud, head of the Palestinian League for Human Rights/Syria, told Beyond Compromise. The siege that has left approximately 18 thousands inhabitants trapped in hunger and despair while also under the arbitrary shelling and fire of snipers from Assad and his allies (It should be noted that the siege was fully imposed 9 months ago but at least partially imposed since December 2012). A new development took place recently in the … [Read More...]

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When in Homs

(This piece is part of an ongoing series  on Beyond Compromise about Homs. In memory of the city, its brave people and its countless dead.) Around ten years ago, my older cousin and I went to the stadium to watch our favorite team in Syria, Alkrama, play a friendly game. As kids, we were very happy to be there chanting with the crowd. Although I was 13 at the time, I knew that there were limits to what could be said in public and I knew, as we used to say, that the walls had ears. If someone … [Read More...]

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The Jasmines of Homs (Poem)

Let me tell you about jasmines. The Persian meaning of a jasmine is “a gift from God”; a pure, white gift from God whose scent slithers in the wind and curls up in your heart. The jasmine is the cousin you envy, the one who got away from the olive tree and grew beautiful, exotic, different. I once asked my chemistry teacher about jasmines. He looked at me bluntly and threw words like carbonyl, acid, compound. I sat perplexed, wondering how one could crush beauty and reduce it to … [Read More...]

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إلى عامر أحمد والبلاد القديمة

إلى عامر أحمد والبلاد القديمة لأن كل ما كان ينبغي علينا أن نقوله قد قلناه لا لطف طرأ على مزاجنا العكر وإنما لحرب جاءت بلا ميعاد البلاد التي وعدتني بها أصبحت أبعد ولكن من قال أن القرب هو دوماً المبتغى أما البلاد التي وعدتك بها مع دمع خفيف وهيل اكسترا اتسعت لها حقيبتان :ضمتا على عجل فوارغ رصاصات اقتحام المخيم / تموز 2012 صورة لقوس باب شرقي رسم للشارع المستقيم بريشة أحمد مسبحة أمي البيضاء صورة علي الذي قتل بعد أن خطف و قطرميز زيتون إدلبي أما البلاد التي وعدنا … [Read More...]

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