Friday Finds: Khaled Khalifa’s ‘Living in a Void’

The book will be published on September 7 and proceeds will be donated to Refugees International. What can one offer a woman who has lost her home and everything she owns and, not wanting to lose her children too, carried them off into exile to seek a safe haven in Turkey? It’s not easy to say goodbye to half a century of your life and wait for someone you love to drown. Things are not easy for a woman like her there. My fingers and toes felt cold and my head empty, and I didn’t feel able to argue anyway. Advertisements

Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrPinterestPocketLike this:Like Loading…‹ A New Translation of Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour’s ‘I… Who Am I?’Categories: refugees, Syria It’s as if she’s trying to tell me something I know already – that the sea is Syrians’ only hope. Nearly 200 readers have now signed up for a copy of   Refugees Worldwide, which is being issued through Ragpicker Press. All that’s left is the hope of asylum, even if it requires crossing the sea in a rubber dinghy. You can read the entire essay on   The Guardian. She merely said something profound and sentimental and entrusted her three children to my care in the event that she drowned. Hundreds of images from our childhood flooded my memory. Khaled Khalifa’s “The Refugee – Living in a Void,” translated by Jonathan Wright, will appear as part of the new anthology   Refugees Worldwide:
Khalifa’s essay, one of two translated from the Arabic in the forthcoming   Refugees Worldwide, ran in   The Guardian. She looks like millions of other Syrian women and does not have any special skills. A few minutes later I tried to call the unfamiliar Turkish number back, but the phone had been turned off. She hung up, not wanting to hear what I thought. It opens:
My sister, whom I haven’t seen for more than two years, told me she was going to cross the sea in a rubber dinghy. According to editor-translator Jethro Soutar, the other essays to be included are:
Exile is My Identity by Nora Bossong
Permanent Transit by Artem Chapeye
Dreams Deferred: Living in Limbo in Dadaab by Abdi Latif Dahir
Anthropophagists Still by Andréa del Fuego
Sudanese Southerners – Uprooted and Dispersed by Stella Gaitano
Refugees and migrants at the Nador Border by Najat El Hachmi
Where Should the Hazaras Go? You can pre-order a copy at the Ragpicker website. by Mohammed Hanif
All That Was Familiar by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
Belize: the Salvadoran Promised Land by Juan José Martínez d’Aubuisson
Nour’s Eyes by Amanda Michalopoulou
Land of Heroes: Lithuania’s very own refugee crisis by Nils Mohl
Under the Tokyo Skytree – The Tale of a Refugee from Congo by Masatsugu Ono
Fragments From the Life of the Spectacular Victim by Ece Temelkuran
Those interested in a copy can find out more here.