They want us to be afraid. They want us

They want us to be afraid.
They want us to be afraid of leaving our homes.
They want us to barricade our doors
and hide our children.
Their aim is to make us fear life itself!
They want us to hate.
They want us to hate ‘the other’.
They want us to practice aggression
and perfect antagonism.
Their aim is to divide us all!
They want us to be inhuman.
They want us to throw out our kindness.
They want us to bury our love
and burn our hope.
Their aim is to take all our light!
They think their bricked walls
will separate us.
They think their damned bombs
will defeat us.
They are so ignorant they don?t understand
that my soul and your soul are old friends.
They are so ignorant they don?t understand
that when they cut you I bleed.
They are so ignorant they don?t understand
that we will never be afraid,
we will never hate
and we will never be silent
for life is ours!
— Kamand Kojouri

Sometimes I feel proud of myself, not because

Sometimes I feel proud of myself, not because of any success I?ve achieved, but because I?m aware of all the difficulties that I have suffered or went through.

I?m an eyewitness at all the fear, weakness, frustration, failure, depression, refraction and bad luck moments that I?ve been through alone and which affected significantly but never was able to beat me for so long.

This is why I?m proud, because I?m here now stronger that yesterday, I’m still able to stand and continue on my way, still following up my dreams, still trying my best to build better future for me and my family and I will never ever give up!
— Shadi Kamal Kandil