While generally well-intentioned, the concept of solidarity involves an unequal power relationship between those offering and receiving it. A preferable state of affairs would be partnership, placing Western activists and their counterparts elsewhere on equal footing.
Will there still be lemons on the tree of our house in Douma next year? wonders this displaced resident. If so, who will eat them?
For over 100,000 civilians expelled from Eastern Ghouta, their new homes in official shelters bear striking resemblance to the regime’s fearsome detention centers.
In the second of four articles written during the forced displacement of Eastern Ghouta’s residents, our reporter looks at the local efforts to house almost 50,000 new arrivals in the country’s already-saturated northern provinces, often relying entirely on private funds, donations, and coordination.
Russia hints it will press Iran to leave Syria, in line with recently renewed Israeli and American demands. But serious doubts remain as to whether a forced Iranian withdrawal is even possible, let alone likely.
In the first of a series of translations of articles from the final days of Eastern Ghouta’s siege, Al-Jumhuriya looks back on the initial phase of civilians’ forced displacement.
In his ninth letter to his missing wife Samira al-Khalil, abducted in Douma in 2013, Yassin al-Haj Saleh writes that “a crack in the wall of your dark prison” may now have opened.
With Eastern Ghouta’s remaining residents in peril like never before, friends and relatives of four renowned civil society activists abducted there in 2013 appeal for their long-overdue release.
In Iraq in the 1990s, the UN came up with an “oil for food” program. In Eastern Ghouta today, the international community is sponsoring a new formula: water in exchange for dignity, writes Osama Nassar from the besieged enclave.
From besieged Douma, the last remaining pocket of opposition-held Eastern Ghouta, Osama Nassar reflects on the fate awaiting him and his fellow residents as Russia and the Assad regime impose their “settlement” on the region’s starved and battered population.
Hind Rifai reflects on the parallels between Samira al-Khalil’s diary under siege in Douma and the poems of Anna Akhmatova.