Turning The Last Page

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Enana Hermez
Member since June 6, 2016
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There’s a special atmosphere that reading a novel creates. An atmosphere that makes it possible for me to go through every emotion I encounter in the pages, and to feel a sense of belonging as if I’m one (or more) of the characters. Life Is a Novel To me, being alive is a lot like reading. Every adventure is a new chapter in this novel we call life. And after every chapter I grieve a little, because it feels like saying goodbye to someone I love or leaving home. I instantly s...


A Trip to Konya

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Enana Hermez
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Konya is a city in Turkey, where the Persian poet Jalaluddin Rumi is buried. Be it a monster, or a saviour, This thing is in me. It is yearning to reach the bottom, To find a way, To the lowest of all. It may be a monster, For all the castles it will shatter, For all the rubble it will leave behind, For all it will break in me. It may be a saviour, Saving me from drowning In a whirling vortex of illusions, Illusions of a...


Assyrians: International Ignorance Is Killing Us - Part I

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In memory of Adam (pictured), a symbol of humanity, peace and love. If any of these three would have existed at that particular time and place, he would still be alive today. Hasaka, Syria - 2006 “Mom, why are they here?” “They’re escaping the war in Iraq” I was about 10 years old when I asked my Mom that question. I asked her because they weren’t like other relatives who would visit for a while and then go back where they came from. They had rented an apartment...


“I’m Gay. We Exist” - Inspire! With Logal Bet Kako

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Super heroes aren’t only characters in comic books. Instead, they are selfless volunteers aiding those in need, artists defying the ugliness of war to create beauty with their art, or, in this case, a homosexual who is fighting for his existence and the existence of the Assyrian and Syrian LGBT+ community. This Inspire! post is about Logal Bet Kako, a gay Assyrian-Syrian activist. Shlama Logal! (Hello or peace in Assyrian). Tell us a little about yourself. How was life for...


Humans in the Winds of Change

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This post is a collaboration between Shrouq Tarek and Enana Hermez. It’s a historical time for our region - the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Wars, revolutions, coups and an unending chaos has been sweeping the region. You’ve probably read about our countries - Egypt and Syria - in the news. In the past few years, we’ve made headlines. But have you ever thought about the humans, beyond the headlines? In this post, we’ll tell you about our personal experiences as two gi...


A Fairy Tale

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Dreamland It was a beautiful, colorful world. Trees with sky-blue leaves and red, pink, and purple blossoms, bright-yellow bushes that shined under the sun, houses shaped like stars and night-stars that twinkled in a different color each time. Despite all the colors in this world, she was the most colorful of all. She was the rainbow overlooking the star-shaped houses and bizarre-colored plants. She was a rainbow with 9 colors - with countless shades - and a smile....


“H” For Honesty

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I bet that each of us has at least told one lie in his/her lifetime. People do it often. But here’s what I think: I don’t think we lie because we’re “bad”. I think that each lie is in fact a shield, a mask, a disguise, that hides the real person. A person who is too scared to show himself/herself. Now fear isn’t pretty. The Egyptian novelist Mohamed Mansi Qandil says in Moon Over Samarqand: “Do you know what fear is? It kills the best in you. You live your entire life safe, o...


Misogyny at Its Worst - The Middle East

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Addressing misogyny in the Middle East is not about salaries or political participation. Although these issues are fundamental, women in the Middle East want a lot less - the basic right to live and to have a free will. A woman dresses a certain way and posts pictures of herself on social media. In many parts of the world this is normal. In Pakistan, her brother strangled her and boasted about it. A woman is accused of being “sent by Americans” and “burning the Koran”. In man...


An Awkward Post

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Talking: I’m not the confident, out-going type of person. I don’t usually walk up to strangers and introduce myself. Writing on paper and typing on keyboards is one thing, but talking to others is a completely different story - at least to me. That’s why, those who don’t know me through my writings don’t know me at all. Those who do read what I write might have a clue about me, but only if they can really read. I’m not someone special. Not at all. I’m merely a shy p...


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  • Enana Hermez

    Writer. VOY alumni. Assyrian-Syrian.


    Member since June 6, 2016


    Age 21 • 12 Posts