Published on Dec 31, 2018
A poem and painting inspired by Franz Kafka\u2019s 1926 novel, \u201CThe Castle.\u201D \n
Mohammad Kamal, a biology graduate from Iraq, writes, “By noon, I learned that the temperature had reached 52 degrees (125F). This part of Kirkuk is usually bustling with crowds but there were only a few people walking in the shade of the buildings. They had lost expressions on their faces and were dry-lipped, like they had been wandering the desert for days.” From, "The Earth Is Screaming for Help," a personal essay about the threat of global warming. In the upcoming issue of ZINE.
Adel is forced to serve in the Syrian army for two years where he is brutally treated. Soon after ISIS invades his town and requires that he enlist with them. His mother, fearing for her son’s life, convinces Adel to take flight. He arrives in a Greek refugee camp that he describes as being more like a prison.
Twenty four-year-old Mahmood Sharefe is fleeing Iraq alone, when a small raft jammed with over 40 people springs a leak. Two small children fall into the sea. “The father yelled, ‘my children, my children! Help!’ So I jumped in and rescued them,” he writes.
Abdel Qadar Salaman is a college student in Mosul, working the overnight shift at a bakery, when ISIS takes control of the city.
“I told the sea, ‘You must not swallow my children, they are young,’” writes Sakina Maaz, a young woman with four children. After six years of “war and blood,” she flees Aleppo, Syria in a tiny raft.