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Lara AlMalakeh

I hold a MA in Comparative Cultural Analysis, a Post Graduate certificate in Translation and a Bachelor in Fine Arts. I haven't lived in my home country for over a decade, and now I'm not even sure where home is. The flames that have been eating up the Middle East forced me out of the comfort of ignorance and indifference into the realms of involvement and activism; for which nitizen media has been the tool.
I enjoy writing, and to me translation is a form of it. I am interested in films as ways of cultural manifestations, especially those coming from the conflict in Syria. In addition certain topics has become a pressing priority, such as digital rights, combating surveillance and ensuring technology is an empowering tool rather than an exclusionary space.

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Latest posts by Lara AlMalakeh

27 June 2018

Did Syrians really have a choice? Final days in Ghouta: Caught between an immediate death and a delayed one

"Should we leave the land of our childhood? How can I take my wife and kids from a dark reality to an unknown one? Many questions and no definitive answers."

7 May 2018

‘I wanted my grandchildren to grow up in that house': Testimony of a 61-year-old Syrian woman from Zamalka

The Bridge

I wanted my grandchildren to grow up there, so that they would add to that home a new life, just like every generation of our ancestors did. 

25 December 2017

In Memory of Aleppo

The Bridge

"We are alive, we will keep going, and the dream will be realized"

23 December 2016

What Christ Is Born Among Us Today?

The Bridge

"Yes, we are Christians, but we don’t want a Christ that doesn’t look like us...."

20 December 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 6: Do Not Forget Them

The Bridge

"There are others who haven’t had the chance to bring their stories to an end, but are at this moment still stuck in them. Do not forget them."

6 December 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 5: This Farce Called a Homeland

The Bridge

"You’re lucky, as some were transferred out today, before we had shifts for standing and sitting....we are managing by squatting and sleeping on each others’ shoulders.”

23 November 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 4: “We Declared It a Revolution For Freedom”

The Bridge

"For them our triumphant chants for freedom have been a sort of rape, and now is their chance for revenge."

17 November 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 3: Thought is the Crime

The Bridge

"Even if they don’t torture you, the mere act of waiting does. Have they forgotten us? Are we going to stay in here forever? Why haven’t they called us today?"

12 November 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 2: Aghiad's Blue Jacket

The Bridge

"He pulls the chain till we are hanging by our hands, toes barely touching the ground. You’re mid-way between sky and earth, presented as a sacrifice of blood."

3 November 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 1: “Everything Screams Death”

The Bridge

"An electric current that would be enough to re-power my neighborhood...ran through my body." The first in a six-part series by Sarmad Al-Jilane about his experiences in a Syrian prison.

29 September 2016

I Am Lucky to Have a Syrian Passport

The Bridge

"Do I appear fidgety? Maybe it is because I don’t understand how someone would ever answer “Yes” to the question: 'Are you a member of a secret banned organization?'"

2 May 2016

Aleppo Is Burning: Make Your Social Media Profile Photograph Red to Show You Care

Aleppo is being "wiped off the map" as you read these lines. Hundreds have been killed in recent days as activists appeal to the world to pay attention to their...

27 April 2016

Syria: What Forgiveness Doesn't Mean

The Bridge

'I wish the soul of the revolution was enough for me to be able to pardon them all, if only in the “court in my head”.

11 April 2016

Abu Majid, Syrian Visionary

The Bridge

"His vision was of a democratic Syria that ensures the freedom of all its people. This was his charge. This was his crime."

11 March 2016

A Syrian Asks Herself: Am I Capable of Killing?

The Bridge

"With every story I remembered," writes Syrian activist Marcell Shehwaro, "the certainty that I was a person who neither kills nor wants to kill was gradually shrinking."

22 December 2015

The Syrian Conflict Won't Steal My Christmas

The Bridge

In a country in the throes of war, celebrating Christmas can be an act of both profound naïvete and staunch resistance.

8 September 2015

A Year Away From Syria

The Bridge

What happens to a Syrian activist and her ideals when she takes refuge outside her war-torn country?

22 August 2015

Bashar Al Assad Got It Right: Syria Belongs to Those Who Defend It

The Bridge

In his latest speech, Bashar Al Assad said Syria is for those who defend it. Asaad Hanna explains what that means.

15 May 2015

Under a Shaky Ceasefire, Yemenis Struggle to Stay Connected to the World

Advox

Frequent electricity cuts, bombings and a dire humanitarian situation could exacerbate and completely isolate Yemen should internet and telecommunications services be cut.

26 September 2014

In War-Torn Aleppo, There's No Place Like Home

The Bridge

Displaced, like many Syrians, as a result of the ongoing conflict, Marcell Shehwaro reflects on her ongoing search for home.

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