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ترجمة: هلا قمبريس لإنجليزية الأصلية: Daniel, Ibn Bahija أَرَأَيْتَ الَّذِي يُكَذِّبُ بِالدِّينِ فَذَٰلِكَ الَّذِي يَدُعُّ الْيَتِيمَ. الماعون، ٢-١: ١٠٧ لا نزال نحن المنبوذين، شظايا طردت من الجسد. جسمنا يحيطُ بنا، ويحتوينا، فيطردنا؛ ثم يعود إلى حالة «كما لو» لم نوجد. … Continue reading
[These are the words of the mother of one of the disappeared during the Lebanese civil war. Source unknown; contributed by Zeina Allouche. Further coming full circle: Above the communal crypt of my mother’s final resting place was a mirror … Continue reading
Seest thou one who denies the Reckoning? Then such is he who harshly repulses the orphan…. —The Small Kindnesses, 107:1–3 النسخة العربية: دانيال، ابن بهيجة: رسالة إلى لبنان We remain the repulsed, splinters, expelled from the body; the corpus … Continue reading
Badael/Alternatives presents: حبل صرّة | Umbilical Cord Testimonies from the world of forced separation. After more than a century, the wars are still going on. Featuring the photography of Samer Mohdad.
A poem by the Palestinian writer Mahmoud Darwich (محمود درويش). Translation is mine.
An adoptive parent in the United Kingdom recently described the potential reunion of the children temporarily in his care with their parents as his “worst nightmare”. This was like a kick in the gut. Because I feel that my own … Continue reading
I came across this in a tiny book published in 1905, The Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Volume II, handed down to me by my father. Published by the New Century Library in New York, the book starts with an … Continue reading
I came across a Lebanese proverb: .إلي ما بيربى ع سفرة أبوه ما بيشبع Translation: “He who is not brought up at his father’s table shall not be satisfied.” Note: Reference to the hard life which orphans and adopted children … Continue reading
This passage is from The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin; first published in 1962.