We Are Coming Back

Desert

 

I left you with a feeling of hatred… hatred for my current situation and life in you

You became a nightmare and a darkness perched on my chest

I wanted a decent life, to live in a safe place, a place where I don’t hear the roaring of missiles and sounds of rifles…

A place where my kids can enjoy a calm life…

A place where I don’t wake up every day frightened that something bad happened to my children in the night, while I was away…

We didn’t ask for much…but unfortunately, we chose a place where its own people are suffering from poverty…

We feel like their situation and ours is one and the same…together we seek help from associations and fight for honest work and a decent wage and how I wish it would last instead of it being intermittent and based on the whims of the employer…

I see that we have no place in this country and no chance to make a living

Here we live in only the miserable present, with no past or future. We eat and drink and keep our brains in a plastic cover to protect it from everything; even the smallest thought escapes us, in here there is no scope to think… the road has been blocked from the start

I see, my dear land; that I am coming back to you…taking the first chance I get. Death in you with dignity is better than a life of humiliation

Reemawi

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September 18, 2014 · 10:22 am

إنا عائدون

Desert

خرجت منك كارهةً  لك كارهةً لحالي وحياتي فيكِ

 أصبحت ظلامًا وكابوسًا يجثم على صدري

أردت حياةً كريمة أعيشها في مكان آمن

…مكان لا اسمع فيه دوي صواريخ ولا أصوات بنادق

…مكان ينعم فيه أولادي بعيش هانئ

…مكان لا أصحو فيه كل يوم خائفةً من أن يكون قد أصاب أولادي مكروه في الليل وأنا غائبة عنهم

…لم نطلب الكثير … ولكن للأسف اخترنا مكانًا حتى أهله يعانون من سوء الحالة الاقتصادية

نشعر وكأن حالنا وحالهم واحد … نسعى معًا إلى الجمعيات ونحارب من أجل عمل شاق بأجر زهيد ويا ليته يكون مستمرًا بل متقطعًا وحسب إرادة رب العمل

أرى أنه لا مكان لنا في هذه البلد ولا عيش لنا فهنا نعيش الحاضر فقط بدون ماضٍ ولا مستقبل نأكل ونشرب ونجعل أدمغتنا في غلاف بلاستيكي يحميها من كل شي من أدني فكرة فهنا لا مجال حتى للتفكير فالطريق مسدودة من بدايتها

أرى يا أرضي العزيزة أنني عائدة إليك في أول فرصة سانحة فالموت فيك عزيزةٌ خيرٌ من الحياة المُهينة

ريماوي

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September 18, 2014 · 10:21 am

Syrians or Martians?

A lot of the time we hear, while walking in the streets,

“He’s Syrian!”

“They’re Syrians!”

“She’s Syrian!”

What is so strange about it, what changed?

We’ve always walked in this country before becoming refugees!

Yes refugees! Is this the word that made us seem strangers in an Arab country? Are we from Mars?

Why all this painful talk? Did we choose to become refugees or was it forced on us?

As far as I know, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Syria are all called Levant.

There are no differences between us; we almost speak the same dialect, our Dabke and our cuisine are similar.

Did you forget the tabouleh, kibbeh, ful and fatteh

Don’t laugh

Did you forget that the Orontes River irrigates Hamah and Lebanon?

Did you forget that Yarmouk River irrigates Dara and Jordan?

Did you forget that there is a sea that links Syria and Palestine?

Did you forget the pain that connects us?

Don’t let the word “Refugee” separate us, please!

We are from Syria and not from Mars

 

Abeer Nasr Allah

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September 10, 2014 · 2:53 pm

سوريون أم مريخيون

كثيرًا ما نسمع ونحن نمشي في الشارع

 “!إنه سوري”

“!إنهم سوريون”

“!إنها سورية”

وما الغريب في الموضوع

ما الذي تغير علينا

فطالما مشينا في هذه البلاد قبل اللجوء

!!نعم لجوء

هل هذه الكلمة التي جعلتنا نبدو غريبين في بلاد عربية

هل نحن قادمون من المريخ

لماذا هذا الكلام الموجع

هل اللجوء أمر اخترناه

أم فرض علينا وعلى حد علمي أن الأردن وفلسطين ولبنان وسورية كلها يطلق عليها اسم بلاد الشام

فلا فرق بيننا، نحن نتكلم نفس اللهجة تقريبًا حتى دبكتنا حتى أكلاتنا

هل نسيتم التبولة والكبة والفول والفتة

لا تضحكوا

هل نسيتم أن العاصي يسقي حماة ولبنان

هل نسيتم أن نهر اليرموك يسقي درعا والأردن

هل نسيتم بحرًا يجمع سورية وفلسطين

هل نسيتم وجعًا يجمعنا

لا تدعوا كلمة لاجئ تفرق بيننا

أرجوكم فنحن من سورية ولسنا من المريخ

  عبير نصر الله

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September 10, 2014 · 2:47 pm

Forgive us… The Blood of Our Martyrs

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You smart ones… whose blood was spilt on the soil of the homeland and irrigated every inch of it… forgive us

Nothing is in our hands… but an induced mirage

Here in the land of alienation… the land of asylum… we struggle and quarrel

We want only our luck and nothing else…

Forgetting you…

How many chrysanthemums grew in our land…

Thousands… no, hundreds of thousands

Where are we from it… what rights does it disserve from us

The homeland needs blood for irrigation… and it has been irrigated… but what is next?

What is next after this sorrow… and this black nightmare?

And you, standing there, looking at us… with the look of a sad mother

When will her children come back to her so she can rest her eyes…

When will she see the good and giving from them…

Is there hope… or is there just pain?!

Sorrow… and sorrow which we welter in… and we are in the middle of a swirl… not knowing how to get out…

I see, you great one, that you are our rescuer and savior so extend us your hand and help us

 

Reemawi

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September 10, 2014 · 1:43 pm

سامحينا…يا دماء الشهداء

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يا أيتها الذكية…يا من سلت على أرض الوطن ورويت كل شبر فيها…سامحينا

…لا شيء بأيدينا… بل سراب نحثوه

هنا في أرض الغربة… أرض اللجوء … نتنازع ونتخاصم

…نريد حظنا ولا شيء إلا هو

…ناسين إياك

كم زهرة أقحوان نبتت في أرضنا

الآلاف… لا بل مئات الآلاف

…أين نحن منها… ما حقها علينا

فالوطن بحاجة إلى الدم ليسقى… وقد سقي

فماذا بعد

ماذا بعد هذه الغمة… وهذا الكابوس الأسود

وأنت واقفة ناظرة إلينا… نظرة الأم الحزينة

…متى يرجع إليها أولادها ويقروا أعينها

…متى سترى منهم الخير والعطاء

!هل هناك أمل… أم هو ألم وحسب…؟

…أحزان… وأحزان تتلاطمنا… ونحن في وسط الدوامة… لا ندري كيف الخروج

أرى أيتها العظيمة أنك أنت منقذتنا ومخلصتنا فمدي يدك إلينا وساعدينا

ريماوي

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Enough Violence!

 

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Spoil your son and you will reap a benefit, spoil your daughter and you will be shamed.

This is the most violent and cruel thing you can say to your daughter. Such judgments and connotations and sayings that are against all women.

Sadly, this is the reality of our society. It was one of the expressions that were raised during the training about gender based violence (GBV), which was conducted at ARDD-Legal Aid in Amman.

Isn’t this violence? (I leave it for you to decide)

How can we say that we want a healthy and mature society when we actually don’t give any importance to the psychological and emotional consequences that threaten the lives of women and girls when they hear words and saying of this sort?

How can a woman be confident like a man when in every six hours a case of GBV is recorded in the US and when thirty reports of violence against children have been filed every hour in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and 1200 cases of violence against women in Jordan, which the Ministry of Social Development have dealt with?

We don’t deny the fact that GBV affects both sexes; males and females. However, facts prove that violence against women is much higher than it is for men. GBV is not just rape, assault, and beatings, but forced abortion, slavery and human trafficking. We must also know that deprivation of civil, social, political and cultural rights, humiliation, isolation and discrimination are kinds of violence. Moreover, a lot of the traditions that society practices such as: female genital mutilation, crimes of honor, forced/ early marriage and the desire to have only baby boys are of the most violent acts that are hidden inside household and no one dares to address it.

When will society stop blaming the victims of rape and other GBV? When will society openly address honor killings in which it is seen that honor of an individual and perpetrators are seen as more important than the life of the victim?

18 cases are categorized and registered among what is known as crimes of honor.

When will we break the chains of harmful traditions that all religions are against?

When will this ignorance and injustice be replaced with renaissance and freedom.

In one of the countries, when the women went out to participate in a protest, the country passed a rule of virginity test to prevent them from participating.

 

How can we stop this violence and stop GBV?

One of the participants said “women have reached the moon and they are still seen as vulnerable and unable to manage themselves”. She added that, “violence has been going on since ages ago and still is, so how can we feel secure?”

We feel secure through changing all injustice, violence and negative thoughts into positive ones.

Another woman added “we can change a small group of people but not all”.

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