Our crossing of the language barrier was first facilitated by a Syrian by the name of Basel Watfa when he contacted me in mid-2013 and offered to translate some of my writings on Syria into Arabic. He did a number of pieces and after the massive sarin attack in suburban Damascus in August of 2013, he translated his wife's eye witness report into English for us. His wife, Luna Watfa is one of the people who took the pictures of the sarin victims. When she was arrested by the Assad regime in Damascus, they found 800 of these pictures on her laptop and she spent more than a year in Assad's prisons. After she was released, she reunited with Basel in Turkey, and traveling the same path as thousands of other Syrian refugees, they have now made their way to Germany.
In spite of all the hardship they have suffered, Luna and Basel have given us much. I soon expect to have up a narrative recounting her work in East Ghouta after the sarin attack and her arrest, interrogation and detention at Adra women's prison. She has also written a series of very informative articles for about the Syrian refugee experience for the German all-media giant Die Rheinpfalz which we have translated and republished at Linux Beach. Now she has given us yet another gift, a beautiful photo essay about the Syrian refugee experience that says in pictures more than ever could be put into words. I invite you to give it a look see.
|The orange shore where life vests turned to be symbols of previous life, life that should be thrown back entirely. Mytilini Island, Greece 2/9/2015.|
|Basel & Luna Watfa|
Syrian Refugee Fund
We badly need them both in a stable environment with good Internet so they can get back to work, for Basel - translating important communications in both directions, for Luna - using words and images to report the story, So please give whatever you can.
Happy New Year,
From Luna Watfa: "Do not stop, keep going ... keep moving!"
From Luna Watfa: Death accompanies you on every step
From Syria refugees Luna & Basel Watfa: Like living in the Stone Age
A report from Luna & Basel, Syrian refugees in Germany: "Waiting is not Healthy"
Basel & Luna made it from Syria to Germany safely but they still need your help