Borders! What really are borders? My son (12) had once asked me: what if there are no borders in the whole world, Mom? And don’t you think that those seas and oceans are the only natural borders among continents! I thought, yes, they are. And breaking the unnatural is not impossible.

As an English literature bachelor and diploma graduate, as an English teacher and translator that totally advocates mutual understanding in cultural dimensions, today as a migrant or rather a Syrian refugee living in the west –since July 2015 in Germany, I find myself involved in this „integration“, „refugee crisis“ and many other terminologies which are apparently arousing problematic misunderstanding or mistrustful relationship between us. Today since 2017, as a Master student in Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media at Goethe University in Frankfurt, I am bringing my experience in creative writing with the academic life together to reassess my perspective to cultural dialogues, to the demands of my growing identity enjoying the space of free-thinking and the open chances of self-investment. Many thanks to Villigst http://www.evstudienwerk.de for a grant of full-time scholarship that makes a 37 years-old mother follow her dreams and keep inspiring her two children.

Three of my Texts were written in English, translated into German then published in a regional newspaper – Wetterauer Zeitung. I espouse my writing hobby with open-discussion presentations to address both Germans and refugees, and ultimately to melt the borders between us, to bridge the „gap“, to say that humans are in many ways belong to each other. So, I took part in share-your-story events and still workshops are ahead because I believe that we also need to be so courageous to face our fears and to express ourselves, aspirations or worries.

In June 2015, in my article which was nominated as top-ten best materials in Worldmerit.org competition I addressed a letter to President Obama: „Dear Mr. Obama, while your country is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech ‚ I have a dream‘, my country –Syria is living a very bad dream! What makes Dr. King so impressive is not that he fought for Americans alone, but that he struggled for the whole world. The ‚dream‘ is the ‚vision‘ of equality between races, ethnicities, colours. We Syrians have such eagerness to ‚dream’…..“Crossing the Borders

The spark of writing was enkindled when I was awarded the Nesteby Prize for excellence in the study of American literature as I was a 3rd-year student. What a privilege for a 21 years girl to be honoured by the American Ambassador in Syria at that time, Ryan C. Crocker; an unforgettable day.

A torch I bear sincerely in my English classes: „Use it or lose it“ is what I truly believe as a trigger to give all the best in any involvement in life.

Here, in this Blog, I share with you my thoughts and presentations, hoping to receive your opinions, discussion, or critical views.

Best Regards,

Nuha Askar