Tagged By Syria

Underground Revolution

They had tied my wrists together behind my back very tightly; the coarse rope almost cut my hands. Somebody was pulling my arms; his hand grabbed my neck just below the knot in the smelly…

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“If in Our Country”, The Policeman Said

By Ali Ali • December 2015 A “Syrian Swede”, whose status was complicated further by being a policeman, happened to check my documents at the Swedish border today. I gave him my passport, but his…

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Trapped in Identity

By Ali Ali (aka Aab) • Illustration by Hilal Can • From #11, 2015 I used to call myself “a world citizen”. Here in Prague, I have been faced with nationalistic ridicule and real-life mockery….

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In the Face of Hate

By Riema Ali and Ali Ali (Aab) • Illustration by Casper Øbro • From #11, 2015 A: Wars, discrimination, terrorism and racism. In the whole world it is all going in the same direction. I…

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Editorial // visAvis #11

BY VISAVIS • FROM #11, 2015 At the time of writing, hundreds of migrants are struggling against drowning off the Libyan coast. This is happening only a few days after a similar tragedy, where another…

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“There is no future for us here”

It is not the first time that Hanan and her husband Mohammad head towards the coasts of Europe, since they both left Syria a little more than a year ago. Six months ago they were…

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Editorial to visAvis #10

BY VISAVIS • ILLUSTRATION FROM THE PROJECT LOVE IS SWEET, BUT CANNOT EAT • FROM #10, 2014 Hello and welcome to visAvis # 10! Our efforts and hopes for this issue are part of an…

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Poems From Syria

Tareq Aljabr (born 1987) is a Syrian poet and translator living in Damascus. Originally from the Golan Heights, his family was displaced during the occupation by Israel. These poems were written during the last year’s…

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