The summer before he went off to college, Swarthmore first year Ahmet decided he would paddle down a portion of the Nile River in an inflatable raft. That plan might seem risky enough in peace times, but in the midst of rising popular dissent against then-President Muhammed Morsi, Ahmet also faced heightened restrictions on tourists in Egypt. But the extraordinary thing about Ahmet’s story – besides the fact that he actually attempted such a stunt – is that the Egyptian conflict brewing that summer barely merits a mention. Our story begins with Ahmet in the history classroom of the boarding school he attended in Turkey, faced with a nearly unanswerable question for his college application essay.
This piece was produced by Amy DiPierro.
Last year Syrian high school student Mahmoud Hallak moved to America to escape the conflict consuming his home country. War News Radio’s Collin Smith talked to Hallak about his experiences and his participation in the revolution–both in Syria and in the United States.
War moves people. We don’t mean emotionally – although it does that, too – we mean physically. War moves people, but how and in which directions is never easy to predict. The journey of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan is rarely a clean arc of a single deployment, service, and reintegration, but rather many cycles of entering and leaving the theater of war. The timeline is even less clear for the civilians war displaces, who leave home in search of another, or return home to find that their idea of home no longer exists, or come and go and come and go in search of a safe place. This month on War News Radio: stories of comings, goings, and the criss-crossing paths of war and peace.
This week on War News Radio, negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, sectarian violence in Iraq, terrorism in Nigeria, and more.