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Tuesday, March 24, 2015


by Zeina Azzam

A group that said it was affiliated with Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks on the two mosques in San’a, where suicide bombers detonated explosives just after noon as people gathered for midday prayers, local security officials said. When survivors fled, a second pair of bombs exploded outside the mosques, killing more people. By evening, the official death toll had risen to 135. —WSJ, March 20, 2015

They've made it so there is no room for me,

she said defeatedly, like an old building
about to be torn down.

The spectrum of Greatness is now a narrow alleyway
in ancient San'a or Kabul. Few may pass.

Guns the price.

They've elbowed out the ones
whose crescent shines on the courts and libraries,

schools and shelters.

How do we make room in this crazy world.
How do we make the world believe that this is not

what we believe.

Zeina Azzam is a Palestinian-American educator and writer. She works as executive director of The Jerusalem Fund in Washington, DC.