Jerusalem by John Emerezian

Each and every stone of the old city reflexes historical and spiritual inspiration. Each souvenir shop provides the old city’s inheritance. The holiest of all cities. Unforgettable experience and indescribable feeling. This is just one example of the important work produced YaLa’s citizen journalists, a program funded by the European Union’s Peacebuilding Initiative in order … Continue reading Jerusalem by John Emerezian

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‘Native’ by Zohar Weiss, Israel

I never imagined that heading out on a sunny Saturday for a day trip in northern Israel would end on the ruins of my friend's village, behind a shabby "Paz" gas station in the middle of nowhere near a small village called Hayogev. It was a sunny autumn weekend when we decided to travel to … Continue reading ‘Native’ by Zohar Weiss, Israel

The Weird Tradition by Salman Ayash, Yemen

Like many of my friends and relatives, I cannot celebrate Eid Al-Adha (the Islamic festival of sacrifice) away from my birthplace, a small mountainous village in Ibb governorate, Yemen. There, the Eid has a different feel as many traditional games and activities are undertaken by the villagers during Eid days. Giving one example, is our … Continue reading The Weird Tradition by Salman Ayash, Yemen

Souk Oum Darman, Hall of Shopping by Yasmine Alice, Algeria – Photo Essay-

Oum Darman souk is one of the largest markets in Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan. I had the chance to visit it and to get lost in its alleys in July of 2017 during my visit to Khartoum. My Sudanese friend Zainab was the best guide to have for such an adventure! This is … Continue reading Souk Oum Darman, Hall of Shopping by Yasmine Alice, Algeria – Photo Essay-

My first Pride Parade! by Haya Abu Malek, Syria/Canada

Last Sunday I was in Montreal. One of the main goals of my trip was to attend the Pride Parade for the first time ever! Downtown was packed!  Hundreds of people came from all the nations and backgrounds, heterosexual couples from all ages and religions.  There was an elderly  East Asian couple standing behind me … Continue reading My first Pride Parade! by Haya Abu Malek, Syria/Canada