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Notes on the ground From Cairo and beyond

Jun

27

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

For recent pieces from my project The Other, head over to The GroundTruth Project.

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Aug

23

‘All Our Young People Have Gone to the Mountains’ Inside Turkey’s revived war against the Kurds

It was nearly midnight on July 23 when a slew of Turkish police officers raided Mehmet Cedinkaya’s home and detained his 17-year-old mentally disabled son, Azat.

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Aug

23

The making of a Syrian refugee celebrity chef — in Gaza

When Wareef Kassem Hamedo was growing up in the Syrian city of Aleppo, he dreamt of opening his own restaurant. The city, famed for its mouth-watering culinary traditions, was a gastronomic playground perfect for a man who believes that “food isn’t just food, it has a soul.” Last fall, Wareef’s dream finally came true when the 35-year-old opened Soriana (Our Syria). But the narrow, bustling two-floor restaurant sits not in his hometown, but in another of the most war-torn places in the world: the Gaza Strip.

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