Speaking Events

TEDx Talk: The Other Side of Yemen’s War

During this difficult time of uncertainty, I believe we can learn so much from the resilience of people living in conflict areas. I'm therefore delighted to share with you my TEDx Talk: The Other Side of Yemen's War which I gave last month at the University of Berkeley, California. I discuss the other side of Yemen's… Continue reading TEDx Talk: The Other Side of Yemen’s War

Essays

Books and bombs: How I healed myself through fiction

Writing has not only been cathartic for Atiaf Alwazir, it also transports her to Yemen every day - not to the Yemen we see on TV, but to the Yemen she remembers First published on Middle East Eye. For my ninth birthday, my aunt bought me a colourful scented diary with a lock and two… Continue reading Books and bombs: How I healed myself through fiction

Blog

A Summary of the Past Decade’s Emotional Rollercoaster

Here's an attempt to summarise the past decade's emotional rollercoaster. In 2009, I was living in the city that never sleeps. Moving to Cairo was the best decision of my life, despite the fact that everyone told me I was crazy to quit a great job in DC and move without one.  But something told… Continue reading A Summary of the Past Decade’s Emotional Rollercoaster

Essays, Uncategorized

The migration narrative must change – and that begins with the media

Mainstream media’s coverage of refugees and migrants has had unintentional consequences. While media helped raise awareness of important issues that require rapid response such as Europe’s forgotten dead, their over-emphasis on negative stories about migrants, especially while using sensationalist headlines, has led to their dehumanization. In an attempt to highlight injustices, media have unintentionally branded… Continue reading The migration narrative must change – and that begins with the media

Blog, Essays

On turning 14,609 days old

“Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research.” — Carl G. Jung I lied about my age many times, sometimes purposefully but other times unintentionally. Up until last year, when people asked me how old I was, I often froze. It wasn’t an answer that came naturally to me.… Continue reading On turning 14,609 days old

Essays

On the healing powers of fiction in times of war

*This essay is based on a talk I gave on art in times of conflict. I would like to start by paying tribute to all the artists currently living in conflict areas, breathing life into spaces filled with blood. I’m in awe of their work and inspired by the opportunity they carve out in the… Continue reading On the healing powers of fiction in times of war