24 04, 2023

A Syrian story: One grandfather’s quest for a quiet life

By Alicia Medina|2023-04-24T18:10:29+02:00April 24, 2023|

Mahmoud Ahmad al-Hallaq, a grandfather, carpenter and refugee from East Ghouta living in Lebanon, recalls his time in the Syrian army cooking for Cuban soldiers during the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, and the many twists and turns of his ill-fated quest for a quiet life.

29 09, 2019

‘#BeatsNotBombs’: Idlib rapper protests all parties

By Will ChristouWalid Al Nofal|2020-12-02T13:55:26+01:00September 29, 2019|

“We are drowning in shit,” Amir sings while standing in a half-destroyed classroom. In his rap video released this week, “On All Fronts,” he takes aim at virtually every party in the Syrian conflict while walking around Idlib, the rubble-strewn streets and children standing in the ruins of their schools striking proof of collective failure.

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