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Crazy in love

July 2009, Jenin With her hand placed down on the fabric to the left of the needle, Salwa pressed the pedal and moved the fabric gently forward. It was boredom rather than intrigue that had led her to ask her … Continue reading

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Return to Rafah

Finally, it seemed, the end had come. Or, rather, the dark crimson dye that had stained their lives had gradually run to leave a murky fuchsia in its wake. The crushed remains of once-believed-in hope lay remnant like the piles … Continue reading

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Forgotten Memories

After things had settled, once the fresh emotions had turned stale though still embedded in the lives of those affected, the people in the town would always start the story with the journey of the ball. There was something macabre … Continue reading

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The Arrest

Salwa was reminded strangely of Ramadan in the days of the curfew. Life was suspended so that the hours lost all regular meaning. The merging of the day into night and the reappearance of the day became an absurd background … Continue reading

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beyond the bars

They sit huddled in the corner as if leaving open spaces will make them less entrapped Playing games and making rules as if creating boundaries will erase the ones already present Crafting stones from the dust as if the earth … Continue reading

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‘Before you look at the man, take a hard look at his mother’

‘Ooh, he’s handsome enough’, was the first response whispered around the room as the potential husband and his family were invited into the house. They were taken to sit in the guest room with the grandparents and mother of the … Continue reading

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