"5 years ago I was in Darfur." "Now I live in Amman, but my wife and daughters are in a camp in Sudan." "My dream is to speak English well/stop war/see my country/help my people/go home." #JRS #thebestplace #heroes #cryinginclassagain #oneofthosedays
Law has become critical in this context: Two communities, refugee and host, must now coexist on Jordanian land. Jordanians cannot pretend that Syrians will soon leave, nor can Syrians set up a parallel legal system in Jordan. Stability requires accommodation and cooperation from both.
My latest for Al Jazeera, on an ARDD-Legal Aid/Oxfam initiative that teaches Jordanian law to Syrian refugee lawyers.
Rami Tarawneh knew something was wrong when security in a Middle Eastern airport made him wait for three hours. The 36-year-old Jordanian traveled throughout the region often, but this was the first time that mukhabarat, secret police, had pulled him aside with a specific demand: Give us the IP address of a particular Arabic Wikipedia user.
“We know who you are,” the police told Tarawneh.
My latest for WIRED, a story about Arabic Wikipedia.
This week I began work with ARDD-Legal Aid, a Jordanian nonprofit that provides pro bono legal advising to refugees. We also partner with UNHCR and Oxfam on a range of development projects, like this empowerment initiative with Syrian men in Zaatari and women both in and outside of the camps. I’m excited to join this group, one of the few that a trusted long-time Amman friend told me “really cares about people.” Also all my JRS students and other Syrian/Sudanese/Iraqi friends know about their help, aka they’ve got street cred.
If you haven’t got time for the whole video, skip to these highlights: 1:19, 4:03, 7:18
AMMAN, Jordan—Three years have passed since the Arab Spring, when popular uprisings broke out against authoritarian governments across the Middle East. As state-controlled outlets ignored popular protests at the time, citizens from Tunisia and Egypt to Morocco and Syria turned to the Internet, where independent bloggers provided the most trustworthy coverage of what was happening in the streets. Since then,…
My latest for Columbia Journalism Review on a really great event that happened in Amman last week. Huge respect to all the participants, who were realistic and yet so positive/collaborative/chill, and props to 7iber and Global Voices for organizing.
Also - check out this photo project (not mine) from the same meeting! Again, so much respect.
Journalism has taught me that in the Gospel, effort doesn’t save.
More importantly, it’s taught me that I don’t save.
I wrote this reflection for the Gospel Worldview Blog, a project started by dear friends and fellow Princeton/Manna alumni Daniel Song and Enoch Kuo ‘13, aimed to get us thinking and talking about how the gospel applies to all areas of postgrad life and work. Other alum will be writing every Monday and Wednesday on everything from finance to medicine and law to education - please read, enjoy, maybe even contribute?
Think about the luck of geography for a moment. You have no control over where you were born. Imagine how different your life might be if you were born in, say, Damascus, Syria. Alice Su is a journalist based in Amman Jordan. Amman is home to a growing number of refugees from the Syrian Civil War. She joined the Monday Eight O’Clock Buzz on December 30, 2013 to tell us about some of the young Syrian ex-pats she’s met recently — and how the civil war has affected them.
I did this radio interview last week with WORT 89.9 FM, a community radio station in Madison. Clearly I am not trained for radio and can express myself much better via writing than speaking, ha… Still, it was a great experience and I’m thankful to have had this chance to share.