Keyword: Damascus

Mahmoud Bazanko

Mahmoud Bazanko, 29, is from Damascus. Here, he talks to us about his sense of identity: I’m a photographer, and this is perhaps the personal...

Besan Zarzar

Bezan Zarzar is 32 years old and currently lives in the Netherlands. Here, she talks to us about her sense of identity: I usually introduce...

Mohammad Amin Bikdaliya

Mohammad Amin Bikdali is 23 years old and lives in Germany. Here, he talks to us about his sense of identity as a Syrian: I...

Reem Alshaar

Reem Alshaar is a forty-something woman living in Damascus. Here, she talks to us about her sense of identity: In my opinion, a person’s identity...

Elias Bitar

Elias Bitar is 52 years old and lives in Damascus. Here, he talks to us about his sense of identity: I’m like the majority of...

Mozna Bilal

Mozna Bilal lives in Damascus. Here, she talks to us about the factors that influence her sense of identity as a Syrian: I’ve been living...

Abdullah Aljaddan

Abdallah Aljaddan is from Syria and currently lives in Damascus. Here, he talks to us about how the conflict and immigration from Syria has affected...

Rim Mahmoud

Rim Mahmoud is a journalist from Syria. Here, she introduces herself in terms of her Syrian identity: I present myself as a person living in...

Lina

Lina (not her real name) is Syrian and lives in Damascus. Here, she talks to us about her sense of identity and how it was...

Fareed Yaghi

Fareed Yaghi is a Syrian poet living in Germany. Here, he talks to us about his Syrian identity and what impacts it: For me, the...

Ahmad Elsheikh

Ahmad Elsheikh is 41 years old and lives in Germany. This is a translation of the transcript of his recorded story: "I am Ahmad Khader...

Jamil Jamaleddin

I am Jamil Jamal al-Din from Syria. I am proud to be from Damascus, Al-Midan neighbourhood. I am 33 years old and currently work in...

Tasneem Alkhateeb

My name is Tesnim Al Khatib. I am aged 34 and I have been resident in Denmark since about 2017. I am a graduate of...

Rana Thuraya Alnakshabandi

I am Rana Thuraya Alnakshabandi, born in Damascus 1958. I may seem very old but I think in our lifetime we get to live many...

Mahdi al Nasir

I am Mahdi Al-Nasir, from Deir Al-Zour Syria and I used to live in Damascus. I worked with the Syrian press from 2008, then I...

Abdallah Al-Khateeb

Abdallah Al-Khateeb is a 30-year old Palestinian Syrian. He was a social and political activist in Syria and remains so in Germany, where he moved...

Mikaela Matar

Mikaela is a 48 year-old journalist. She had trouble finding a job and realised she needed a niche. She considered Russian but there were many...

Abu Hashim

Abu Hashim has visited Syria every week since his early childhood days. Therefore, he understands the nature of Syrian society well because of the cultural...

Ahmed

Ahmed* was born in 1968 to a Lebanese father and a Syrian mother. He lived for about 20 years in Damascus before returning and settling...

Ghaid Hashemi

A single mother with two nationalities, Ghaid Hashemi defines herself through her religion and education. She says, "I am a woman, I am a Muslim,...

Nadia El-Haj

Nadia El-Haj, 55 years old, is originally from Damascus but has lived in Stockholm since 1991. Currently, she does not work but she used to...

Khaled Taame

After working in the United Arab Emirates for a number of years, Khaled Taame came back to Damascus and began working as a sound designer...

Akram Atweh

In 1948, Akram Atweh was an infant when his family left the city of Safad in Palestine to seek refuge in southern Lebanon. Later, they...

Ramzya Sarhan

Ramzya Sarhan was born in 1969 in Damascus, where she spent her childhood. She then moved to Jabal al-Zawiya in Idlib Governorate as her father...

Nour Owais

Nour Owais grew up in Yarmouk, a camp for Palestinian refugees just south of Damascus. She completed both her elementary and middle school education at...

Aqeel Ahmad

After graduating from secondary school, Aqeel Ahmad applied to the Faculty of Fine Arts at Damascus University, but he wasn’t accepted. He enrolled at the...

Ahmad Mazhar Sa’du

Ahmad Mazhar Sad'du graduated from secondary school in 1980 and moved out of the city of Jericho located in Idlib's countryside. He then went on...

Maryam Hallak

Maryam Hallak got married at the age of seventeen, then, with her husband’s encouragement and her mother’s assistance with childcare, went on to continue her...

Mohamad Sharbaji

Mohamad Sharbaji was born in 1961 in Daraya, a city with a conservative character. Since the 1960s, the majority of its inhabitants had cultivated the...

Samer Kozah

Samer Kozah was born in Bab Touma, one of the historical neighborhoods in Old Damascus. During the 1950s, people started to neglect their homes, their...

Omar Jibaiy

For the first ten years of his life, Omar Jibaiy had only ever met his father through the bars of a prison cell. He was...

Najeh Kowaf

Najah Kowaf was only a child when Hama first witnessed violence and clashes between the Muslim Brotherhood and the ruling regime in 1964. The city...

Ibrahim Ezz

Ibrahim Ezz grew up in a conservative Damascus neighborhood before moving to Masaken Barzeh, a relatively modern precinct populated by a mixture of people who...

Mazen Al-Kahhal

Mazen al-Kahhal grew up in a Damascene family of pharmacists. His grandfather, who had studied pharmacology in Turkey and founded the Pharmacists' Syndicate in Damascus,...

Basil al-Sorouji

Basil al-Sorouji was born in Damascus in 1963. He spent the first two years of his life in Algeria then moved with his family to...

Ayman Abo Hachem

Ayman Abo Hachem was born in 1969 in the Handarat Palestinian Refugee Camp north of Aleppo. The camp was established in the early 1960s and...

Abu Reda al-Maydani

Abu Reda al-Maydani grew up in the Damascene district of al-Midan, which extended from Bab Musalla to the end of al-Ashmar Square up to the...

Kibriya’ Al-Sa’ur

Kibriya’ Al-Sa’ur grew up in the city of Yabroud in rural Damascus, a city known for the beauty of its nature, its large proportion of...

Hafez Karkut

Hafez Karkut was still a child when he moved from As-Suwayda' province to Damascus, where his brothers were studying at the university. He lived in...

Nazmeye Noureddine Hasan

Nazmeye Hasan grew up in as-Salhiya neighborhood of Damascus. She stayed there until 1975, when she moved with her family to al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood, south...

Majed Al Alloush

Majed Khaled Al Alloush was born in 1959 in the city of Deir Ezzor. He describes it as one of the biggest cities in eastern...

Hayat al-Bitar

Hayat al-Bitar was born and raised in the city of Latakiya, until she was married at the age of seventeen and moved with her husband...

Firas Younes

Firas Younes began his political activity at an early age in Syria. In 1978 at the age of 15 he joined the Communist Labor Party...

Mahmoud Abu Misto

Mahmoud Abu Misto was born in 1943 in the city of Al-Zabadani in the Rif Dimashq province His family was poor and subsisted on agriculture....

Naaman Haj Bakri

Naaman Haj Bakri is a theater actor from Latakiya Province. He began his artistic journey at the age of thirteen, acting and singing in school...

Moustafa Ahmad

“The pharmacist who needs ten years to establish a life for himself in a rural area can achieve the same result in only one or...

Nadia Saeed

Nadia Saeed grew up in the village of Ras al-Ain in the Qalmoun area in Rif Dimashq Province. She lived a simple, rural life within...

Maria

“When I was little, people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I would repeat my father’s words, who wanted...

Elham Farhat

Elham Farhat grew up in a modest family living in the Rashidieh camp for Palestinian refugees, just outside of Saida in southern Lebanon. Her parents...

Ahmad Abdel Aal

Ahmad Abdel Aal was born in 1954 in the village of Jubata ez-Zeit in Quneitra province. He lived there with his family until the age...

Najah Ahmad

Najah Ahmad grew up in one of the villages in Suweida province. Her father worked in Kuwait and Libya, then as an art therapist in...

Sana Yazigi

“I was really happy during my time at university,” says Sana, “despite the anxiety we felt because of the general atmosphere of fear and inhibition....

Mohamad Dibo

Mohamad Dibo was born in the town of Al-Anaza, part of the city of Baniyas on the Syrian coast. Mohamad says that the prevailing outlook...

Walaa Mousa

Right from the very start, Walaa Mousa was unhappy about getting engaged. She wanted to finish university first and get her diploma in Arabic literature....

Mira

Mira grew up in a poor neighborhood on the edge of Damascus, dubbed Dammar al-Balad (which tellingly translates into “the country was destroyed”). She never...