There has been a renewed interest in Yassin Al Haj Saleh Farewell to Syria on my blog, so I am reblogging it.
Farewell to Syria, for a while
By Yassin Al Haj Saleh
October 12, 2013
I have tried hard for the last two and a half years to stay in Syria. It was important for me as a writer to stay in the country and live the events I was writing about, and it was doubly important for me as a man of culture to live among the people I belong to, like they live, trying to understand their concerns. I wanted to stay not because I was doing something invaluable, but because that was my place which I could not replace. I wished to see Syria change after spending half a century of my age watching it immune to change.
To stay in the country demanded great efforts from me in order to avoid falling in the sinister hands of the Assadi regime. After two and a half years…
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