The following lines are dedicated to Mohammed, Latifa, and Safia and their families (how much I miss them):
You lost over 30 family members during the aggression against Yemen. You are strong, yet, this we will never be able to change: thirty people of your family will never come back.
War is boring.
When Ahmed reached Sanaa, he took these pictures to share with the world.
He invites everyone to see Sanaa through his eyes: the people, the Old City, the markets, the sellers, the smiles. The herbs, the flowers, goat milk, As-Saylah (the wadi which – in monsoon season becomes a river), the centuries old architecture, people getting ready to celebrate weddings and that strong, unbeatable will to accept anything which happens and might come with dignity and strength.
You are turning thirty tomorrow, Shafilea. Our common friend Alex Jones , who has been campaigning so actively for you and all the girls trapped, sold, potentially married off, passed on from one family to another, asked me if I wanted to ink down a thought and wish you happy birthday. Alex said: ‘It´s herContinue reading “Happy Birthday Shafilea Ahmed”
‘I made a website called Uncloak that shares the stories of people living in war zones and the incidents and experiences they had. Until now I’ve published four stories. And I’m looking for more. Uncloak was made to share the incidents and stories that happened to people in all war zones. Not just Yemen.’If youContinue reading “The War Stories Collector”
‘Tomorrow is my birthday’ she says. ‘Look, you were born in July, now it’s only May.’ ‘My life has started the day I met you.’ Addisallem, New World, was born in July, 29 years ago. This is not her real name though it suits her perfectly. Addisallem has lived more than one single life canContinue reading “Addisallem: I know everything now”
”I live in Ethiopia in Bahir Dar in the region of Amara. I have been here for 26 months, my first working experience abroad, apart from a summer I spent working in a hotel in France. Bahir Dar is a tourist destination, ranked among the 10 most beautiful cities of Africa, being near to the waterfallsContinue reading “The Nile Blues of Danilo Vallarino”
I travelled to India, first time in my life, in October 1995 with a friend and few other strangers to witness the total solar eclipse. First time in India, first solar eclipse. There were many firsts during that trip: the Taj Mahal at sunset with people writing poetry on the marble, praying and crying. AllContinue reading “George Harrison´s original lyrics of ‘Here comes the Sun’.”
No one would dream of living where they live. Unless forced to. His country is a bulletin of war coming from the borders, originating within. Hers, a divided land, stitched together by wars and treaties. Proud countries. Untamed. Hysterically feared by the world. He tells her: Write about our love, my love. She promises sheContinue reading “A Love in the Middle East”
‘I was in a relationship with a girl from Aleppo University, where I was studying. But after the crisis started, I don’t know where she has gone.’ (You call it ´crisis´). Do you still have contacts with someone in Aleppo? ‘Wallah (I swear): No. No one.’ University people, someone.. Relatives, friends. Think.. ‘I wish IContinue reading “Looking for Hibah Ahmed from Aleppo”