Abdo AliPoemsSyria

What Am I?

Abdo Ali

Aleppo, Syria

 

What am I really?
A Kurd? Arab? Turk, Afghan, Pakistani?
What am I then?

I have no idea.
It depends on the situation.
Whether I am with an Arab at that moment,
or a Kurd or a Turk.
With the Arabs I am an Arab:
»Like you, I come from Syria.
That means that we are brothers.«
One says: »I thought you were a Kurd or something.«
I tell him: »No, brother, I am an Arab.«
Because he should feel at ease with me.

My first day at school. Introductions.
»My name is Abdo Ali. I am a Kurd from Syria.«
Here I learn that my class is multicultural.
We have people from every country here.
Hurray! I’m not the only foreigner here.

 

Abdo Ali (20)

As a Kurd, and thus a member of a minority, some of his experiences in Syria were unpleasant. But his texts show how playfully he handles the subject of ethnic differences. His humour speaks volumes.