Love-based medicine

It has been more than five years now, five years of a tearing war that smashed all meanings of a peaceful life in Syria. That lovely piece of land that was once listed among the safest places on this planet. When I close my eyes remembering where we used to live, I can only imagine…

The first step to success!!

It was back when I first entered elementary school, that my views, opinions,[and] imagination started to grow. I was excited partly because I will finally get to change my old school uniform, and wear a new one that suits the new academic level I reached. But just as how symbolic this transition was, so did…

What Would You Most Like For Americans to Understand About Syrians?

I first made these comments in discussion with students and community members following the presentation of a fellow Syrian student at Monmouth College, Mark Ghaith. The International Club at Monmouth College has sponsored a series of talks, War Stories, by students who come from countries that have been, or are now, in conflict: Palestine, Northern Ireland, Ghana and Syria….

Between Aleppo (Syria) and the Silicon Valley

Disclaimer: The events in this post still feel surreal for the author and this post is the author’s attempt to accept a world he doesn’t understand. Three years ago, after the violence started in my hometown Aleppo (Halab), I found myself waking up, sleeping on the sound of MiG fighters jet, and the explosions; I…

The Father of Syrians did not die today

As I browse through my Facebook trying to choose my words wisely before writing this post, I can hardly find any expressions whether in Arabic or in English to describe the face that is showing literally in every post by my Syrian friends.    Pictures of one old man with my friend as a kid;…

Life as a Syrian

You wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is check your Facebook. You just want to make sure that there are no bad news. Of course you’re going to read about some but what you really care about is your family and friends. After that, you go back to your daily routine….

Public parks; the only place to escape this ugly world

Every day my mother and my aunt go to a famous public park in Aleppo and walk there for 30 minutes. They go early in the morning when the weather is still cool and the city is still waking up. The park is huge, it has a lot of green spaces, a lot of trees,…

A Syrian Martyr – Professor and Civil Engineer Muhammad Nassar

Today marks the inaugural post in a new regular Friday Series about Syrian researchers and scientists including their work, their research and idea as well as their contributions to university students like myself, the IIT Syrian students, and thousands of others. We are grateful for their service to learning and higher education in Syria and…

Syria Today

I came back to Syria after nine months to find changes worth of three years. The first two days were great; I saw my family, my friends, and everyone that I’ve missed over the past year. At first I felt that the situation is getting better and I was happy about it, but then it…

Tremendous people

Through nine months of expatriation, each second felt like getting back home and seeing family and friends. At the end I decided to go back and spend my summer break back home. However, when I got on the plane, the first thoughts that came to my mind after all the experience I had in the…