Q is for QisetnaQisetna: Talking Syria is, according to its founders, "a non-political social and cultural project aiming to engage Syrians and people with a connection to the country to share their stories. It provides a reminder of the humanity of ordinary Syrians through their relationship with arts, culture, sport and places. " In short, it's a blog for stories from, about, and by Syrians and related others.
I was introduced to the project by one of its editors and founders, Julia Rampen, the London-based journalist and writer who contacted me for advice on a storytelling project working with refugee children in Syria. As you can imagine, many of these children are traumatized by the violence and poverty, not to say anything of the terrible angst of losing parents, siblings, pets, and other members of their families. Imagine how that horror is compounded by the thought that no one cares or wants to hear your story.
|Julia Rampen, Editor of Qisetna|
The stories on Qisetna are timely reminders that people everywhere share much in common -- love of their community, their children, their parents, their friends. Like all of us, they desire freedom, education, opportunities to work and play, to live their passions, to fall in love, to speak freely. I encourage you to visit the blog at www.talkingsyria.com and sign up to their monthly newsletter. Stories need ears, eyes, and hearts. As the late poet Maya Angelou once noted, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story within." Read and share these stories with others. Support Qisetna's work and let Syria's people know they are not alone.
Images: Hussein Alazaat, Patrick M, via Creative Commons
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