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Italian Coincidence in Damascus Streets, Dr Francesco Gabriello

While walking toward Alhamra Theater to attend a play, I accidentally met Dr Francesco, an Italian doctor working with a UN organization in Syria, who first visited Syria in 2015 and since the date on; he visits Syria on regular bases.

“There is more life in the city, and people are much more relaxed, some streets are very vibrant, with a lot of shops, and many less checkpoints.” Dr. Gabriello enthusiastically said, expressing his good impression about Damascus city in 2019 compared to 2015.

Syrian Women buried talents exploring choral chant at Choral Bashair Baydar Jaramana

ST_ Bashair Baydar Jaramana is a voluntary team of free-willing independent volunteers from the Syrian civil community, established in 2012. “Certainly, the war on Syria has played a critical role in the founding core idea of our team; despite the fact that solidarity, cooperation, collaborative work is an integrated tradition in the Syrian community.” Declared Mr. Fayz Salah Al-Hannawi, Bashair Baydar Jaramana founder.

 Concerning Bashair Baydar Jaramana activities, “we are mostly targeting two main categories (Children/Women) who have been deeply affected by the war as well as the war aftermath. Therefore, we have introduced a program called ‘Study Home’ which includes trail lessons in comprehension and homework activities of underprivileged children on a weekly base by volunteering instructors’ throughout the academic year.” Mr. Hannawi explained to Syriatimes. Whereas, in summer Bashair Baydar Jaramana launch a summer club ‘Tomorrow is Better' which includes an interactive theater that is psychologically and emotionally supportive of children. “Material relief and food aids come and go, but education is a pillar in any societal reform” Hannawi clearly affirmed.

With reference to Choral Bashair Baydar Jaramana, Mr. Hannawi stated that this program is targeting women in that it trains them to sing by vocal experts, in order to find relief. All the women we interviewed affirmed that this two hours session is a break from their daily tension so they can come back to their families with a totally different mood.

Mr. Hannawi supplied Syriatimes with details of their other activities like ‘Eid bounties initiative’, ‘Stationery initiative’, celebrations of Mother’s and Teacher’s days, which are all made by the cooperation of the civic society and individual donations to draw a smile on the face of those less fortunate. He as well emphasized a civil initiative launched by their team called ‘ emotional communication’ that has attracted a large number of civilians to establish a non-violent dialogue between different categories of the Syrian society confirming that if we can clearly and calmly express our needs, others will comprehend and cope with them more easily.

Finally, when asked about their team message; Mr. Hannawi concluded his interview with Syriatimes by a moral:

The bird will raise his wings to the sky to halt ‘the sky toppling over the earth’[1].

 When asked what a delicate creature like you could do to prevent ‘the sky toppling over earth’?!!! He answered “I will do what I have to do.”

 

 

Interviewed by: Lama Alhassanieh

 


[1] A Syrian expression indicating the impossibility of a certain matter to become true.

 

 

Children of Martyrs in Lattakia Celebrate Army Day

"Music affects the heart and our entire being, thus hope of starting a new life revives our soul.  The  Syrian children and youths, who have suffered because of the foreign-backed terrorist groups, insist on singing for peace not for war and destruction ”, Maestro  Ahmed Hammoudi,  the founder  of “ Qanadil Al- Wattan” ( the homeland’s lamps)  choir in Lattakia province said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper on the sideline of a celebration held on Thursday at “Dar Al-Assad” for Culture in Lattakia marking the 74th anniversary of the Syrian Arab Army foundation.

The event was organized by the Lattakia branch of the Revolution Youth Union ( RYU).

The celebration included a concert in which 140 children of martyrs as well as wounded and kidnapped people from a number of Syrian provinces took part within a choir that sang several patriotic songs glorifying the homeland and the army.

Bilal Haydar .. Eye for the Homeland and an Eye for the Cinema

Homs, (ST)- Hope and an iron determination are what make Bilal Haydar an exceptional young man. After losing an eye in the fight against terrorism Bilal resolved to continue in the path he has chosen for himself before the war-Directing and theatre studies.

Bilal, went on to say that before joining the Syrian army at the beginning of the terrorist war against Syria, he studied the art of theater and directing in Damascus institutes under the supervision of leading Syrian artists and directors. He followed several courses in theatrical direction. During his short artistic career, he won the Best Actor and Best Director award in 2005 during a film directing course led by artists, the late Nidal Segiri, Bassam Kousa and Ali Satouf.

 Bilal, who was besieged by terrorists during his military service at Quiris, Aleppo, for five years, is currently working on a number of cultural and artistic initiatives and projects in the governorate, such as the "Mada Cultural Project" and the "Ornina" team in the governorate. Both projects are concerned with art, literature and culture, where the Ornina Cultural Team is currently working to form a theater team for Ornina to sponsor and support the young artistic talents.

"The smartest child in the world" Syrian girl gets the title.

12 year old Noor Laith Ibrahim was named the" smartest child in the world' after winning first place in the mental mathematics competition held in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. The "CHAM" website reported the girl managed to get the first place after she managed to  outperform the 3000 children among the smartest in the world.

Noor, a sixth-grader, solved 235 sports issues in eight minutes before winning the first place in the field of mental mathematics at the July 2017 competition in Egypt. She was able to solve 244 questions in just 8 minutes;accordingly, she qualified for the global competition in Malaysia, according to the website "Cham".

It is noteworthy that Nour was  honored last year in Egypt for excellence in poetry and literature.

 

Lara Khouli

An Interview within an Interview: Samer Mohamed Ismail play: “Colors Correction”

My interview with Samer Mohamed Ismail in regards of his play “Colors Correction” was an imitation of Shakespeare adoption of a play-within-play device in “Hamlet”, since Ismail’s play was about a press interview between a female young journalist with a male renowned writer in regards of his prize for his new novel.

“Have you stolen the play’s script?!” That may seem a rough question to initiate a journalistic interview with a well known writer, journalist and literature critic as Samer Mohamed Ismail in the Syrian theatrical and cultural society. However, my intention to mime Ismail’s plot in “Colors Correction” by using the tool an Interview-within- Interview was only through form. As a matter of fact, our entretien was far away from the play’s entretien that was set by the journalist in order to disclose the truth of the writer who has stolen the novel manuscript of her dead father. A dialogue that turns into a quasi-politicized investigation of crimes, treason, defamation and misdeeds committed and still carried on by a spurious writer.

First Lady Congratulates Outstanding Students of Basic Education who Got Full Marks in Their Exams

DAMASCUS, (ST)- First Lady, Mrs. Asma Al-Assad on Saturday received 22 excelled students of basic education certificate for the year 2019, who ranked first after getting full mark in their final exam, and congratulated them and their families on their honorable achievement.

The students came from different Syrian provinces.