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Hikayetna/Syrian Stories

Hikayetna, meaning ‘our story’ in Arabic, is a non-political, independent project that brings people together to talk about the human side of Syrian society. For decades, freedom of expression has been absent from the Syrian society, but with words and stories, fear can turn into hope. The core idea is to encourage, develop, and aid communities in need, while promoting tolerance, love, humanity, and cultural values. Here, we bring to you selected stories from the project - in collaboration with the team at Hikayetna - to broaden and deepen our understanding of the Syrian society, in dark times of war and instability. [Twitter: @Hikayetna]

We want to live, simply because we love life.
Between Izmir and Athens, dream sellers and a notebook swallowed by the road.
Looking for the lost scent of Aleppo in the rapid steps towards the city of dreams | Hazem Darwiesh
Looking for the lost scent of Aleppo in the rapid steps towards the city of dreams | Hazem Darwiesh
"Newroz, for me, is freedom from slavery and injustice." | Lorin Kasso
"I used to teach, but this turned into a nightmare with the sudden sound of gunshot, canons and bombardment, the sound of war." | Leen Ismail
"From the womb of the Mediterranean I come" | Amir Darwish