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108 pages, Hardcover
First published March 1, 2017
One rainy night, a woman screams…
The first angry cries of her newborn baby drown out everything, even the roar of distant gunfire and air strikes.
Maybe the baby is screaming for its absent father, or just asking for a crib to lie in. Or is it pleading for an end to the constant killing and destruction and calling on God to take it back to the womb, away from this place?
You have the right to say all these things, little baby. But many who hear your cries see your arrival as a blessing. You give your family hope, and this spreads to others. I find myself thinking: maybe one day you will be our salvation, little one.
All we are left with is hope. Hope that our country will rebuild itself. Hope that the sacrifices made by our people will finally banish the cruelty and evil that has long stalked our land.
For now, this is all we can do.
The fact that the world is standing idly by, just watching what is happening, does not surprise anyone here anymore. Everyone I meet, whether it is a child or and old person who has witnessed many horrors, pins their hopes on our own revolutionaries. The outside world has not answered our calls.I can't tell you how happy I am that I decided to read this. Even though 'happy' is probably the wrong adjective. I genuinely believe that becoming aware of one's ignorance and acknowledging it without shame is the first step to overcoming said ignorance.
I walk around the city with a broken soul, looking at all the other broken souls passing by. Each pair of eyes that passes tells a different story with a different struggle.Much of the media coverage of Syria has looked more at the political and military side of the conflict, suppressing the effect on people's everyday lives. Samer's honest and relatable account makes it possible for people like us, living far away, to see Syrians as people who share the same hopes, needs, dreams and fears as ourselves.