‘The Bird Tattoo’: Between Horror and Peace in the Sinjar Mountains

"In the quiet, slow-growing love between Elias and Helen, the reader experiences the polar opposite of the slave market and the horrors in Ayash's house."

‘When Darkness Falls’: On the Shortened, Brilliant Life of Iraqi Author Hayat Sharara

"The word eib rings in my head, it is eib to love, to sing, to get sick, to divorce, to show your emotions...and.…and. I felt these social chains were burdening me with fear, despair, and confusion, and I almost abandoned work on the book, but when I looked at the materials that I had collected, I knew that if I didn’t publish it now, it would never be published.”