Monthly Archives: March 2011

“I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way”

In the comfort and quiet of my sitting room I watch the uprisings in the Middle East on different news channels. Although the coverage is different from one channel to the next, the scene they show is that of the … Continue reading

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Fear Doesn’t Listen To Reason

“Mummy! Mummy!” Dalia heard a scream. Her clothes torn and covered with dust, a little girl stood in the middle of some kind of road, debris all around her. The little girl was screaming at the top of her voice. … Continue reading

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Who Would Find Their Bodies?

“It’s coming,” she said and there was the whizzing again as if the bomb was passing lower between the buildings; and then there was the deafening explosion. Then another, and yet another. This time the bombs were falling at a … Continue reading

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Tonight She was in a Hurry to Reach Home

“Do you do this often?” He asked. “You mean talk to strangers or – ? I am sorry,” Dalia felt a tightening in her throat. “It’s alright, you don’t have to apologize. In fact,” he didn’t finish his sentence. A … Continue reading

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How can the Ordinary Beat the Extraordinary

(Taken from The Lost I, Chapter 19) The basement- turned- shelter was full of people. There were chairs, rugs and mats spread on the floor for everyone to sit on. Hayat went to a corner and kneeled on a rug, … Continue reading

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Once in a Lifetime

Did you ever wake up one day and say to yourself, today is a beautiful day and it is going to stay like that no matter what? Three mornings ago I got out of bed saying what a beautiful day … Continue reading

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Will things ever change for women in the Middle East?

Today is International Women’s Day. There are lots of things I would like to say on this day but I can’t sum it all up in one post, so instead I’ll just quote a scene from my book The Lost … Continue reading

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I Am That Chrysalis

March 4, 2011, a little before 5:00 am, I am sitting in my living room in Montreal, with fountain pen in hand and a writing pad in my lap, ready to start a conversation with myself before my husband wakes … Continue reading

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