This post was first published by Between Borders. -- In society, and even more so in humanitarian work, we rarely give space for despair to be heard. Despair makes us uncomfortable. Think of how we structure our stories, and our films—there is almost always redemption. We rarely let despair have the final word, despite its … Continue reading Turning into Butterflies: A Syrian’s Reflection on Despair and Disgrace
For the full interview, please visit the EuropeNow journal here. "In this interview, Michael “Mike” Niconchuk reflects on some of the intimate lessons he has learned on healing and coping from refugees he has developed friendships with over the last five years working in post-conflict and displaced communities in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle … Continue reading Our Brains on Conflict: Trauma, Healing, and the Politics of Fear: An Interview with Mike Niconchuk
This article was originally published by Between Borders. -- “Yeah, come, I’m at home.” I could hear Anas chuckle on the other end of the line. He corrected himself. “Well, I’m in the tent. You know what I mean.” It was, at first, hard to distinguish Anas’s tent from the rest of the oranged, wind-whipped … Continue reading Canada’s New Syrians and the Complex Search for “Home”
In partnership with Between Borders, I sat with Amjad Al-Masri, a Syrian refugee and poet who runs a library in Zaatari Refugee Camp, to talk about his story, about his past, and about the interaction of poetry, personal development, and psychological trauma.
When you were little, did you ever mix together all of the ingredients in the fridge, just for fun? Did you ever swirl two incompatible colors of finger-paint on the pallet, just to see if you could make something new, something previously unseen? I did both. Frequently. I turned out a decent chef and artist … Continue reading Where the World Lets Off Her Steam