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, 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

Essays

Keeping Yemen Alive

First published on La Formoisie I wrote the word “Yemen” on the blackboard then asked my students: “What’s the first thing that comes to mind?” Confused faces stared back at me.  Few moments later a girl in the front row broke the silence and responded: “Famine”. “Ah, oui!” I heard someone else shout in the… Continue reading Keeping Yemen Alive