immigration

‘I Will Kill Myself’: The Enduring Nightmare of Lebanon’s Kafala System

‘I Will Kill Myself’: The Enduring Nightmare of Lebanon’s Kafala System

The hours felt endless. Hours “where you wonder why they took your documents, kept your mobile phone, and then you realize, only a few weeks later, that it is their way of controlling you. They got you, they can blackmail you, you are their merchandise.”

The Invisible Lines that Break Our Hearts

The Invisible Lines that Break Our Hearts

Five years, three countries, and a pile of immigration paperwork later, I can honestly say that borders have shaped, challenged, and strengthened our love for one another. Still, I know that borders could have just as easily broken us.

Swastikas in Damascus

Swastikas in Damascus

A death notice appeared in a Lebanese village north of Beirut last September of a man with a curious first name. It took me back to my school days in Syria and the unusual interest many of my fellow schoolboys had in the history of the Second World War.

Asser Khattab
The Promising Young Women of Syria

The Promising Young Women of Syria

Ten years ago, war shattered the hopes of many Syrians. But none have suffered quite like the women. Lydia Wilson writes about what it is like to be a young woman in Syria today, facing mundane hardships, greater responsibility, and diminished prospects.

Lydia Wilson