Author Archives: lizziecmporter

Thoughts from 2016 – no fiction is more interesting than reality

One day, Hollywood will make a film based on these people’s death and suffering, I thought, as I watched in horror the photos drop of crowds fleeing Aleppo in late December. And it will be sick and horrible, and, too … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

An aside: anorexia will not finish with me

I have not written a first-person piece in a very long time and I do not intend to make them a regular thing. There are many other stories to be told. But the time was right for this one.  “I … Continue reading

Posted in All, Ideas, Journalism, Mental Health, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Eid al-Fitr for Syrians in Saidon: Assad’s eyes are everywhere

Youssef looked disgusted. “I cannot look at him”, he said, of the president of his country, Bashar al-Assad. It was the eve of Eid al-Fitr in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon. The 28-year-old carpenter from Latakia in Syria knew … Continue reading

Posted in All, Ideas, Journalism, lebanon, Middle East, syria, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gaziantep’s restaurateur from Palmyra

In the Orjinal Halep Lokantasi, paper-thin bread is singeing on a hot metal plate. The baker smoothes spicy muhamarra – crushed nuts and peppers –across the oval and covers it with flutters of salty cheese. This hot, thin sandwich is … Continue reading

Posted in Journalism, Middle East, syria, Travels, Turkey, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The bizarre charade of Merkel’s refugee camp visit

It is difficult to create original stories or interesting copy from press junkets. There is an inherent difficulty in writing on occasions organised by people whose job it is to control the media. But there was something altogether more bizarre … Continue reading

Posted in Human rights, Journalism, Middle East, syria, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shawkan ‘sad and hopeless’ as trial further delayed until April

An Egyptian court yesterday pushed back the trial of a man arrested for taking photographs, extending his pre-trial detention to nearly 1,000 days. Mahmoud Abu Zeid – better known as Shawkan – is a photojournalist being held in Cairo’s Tora Prison, … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Egypt, Human rights, Journalism, Middle East, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Dear Brussels, my parents died in a bomb. Stay strong.’ A message from a Syrian orphan

In the aftermath of the heinous attacks on Brussels, claimed by Daesh, there has been a regrettable outpouring of hate and blame towards refugees from the Middle East. People such as Katie Hopkins (whose heinous “commentary” I won’t repeat or link … Continue reading

Posted in Ideas, syria, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment