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Raya Al-Jadir

Raya Al-Jadir is an Iraqi-British freelance writer. She holds an English degree from Queen Mary, University of London. Raya’s interest range from culture, TV social projects and initiatives, literature and art but her main focus is disability rights issues, and she is the co-founder of Disability Horizons Arabic; the first Disability lifestyle e-magazine in the Arab region and runs her own site, Careless. Visit her blog and follow her on Instagram.

 

Items by Raya Al-Jadir

  • ‘In Gaza, we are soulless bodies, living in constant fear, aware that we may die at any second’

    30-year-old Abeer Harkali was left disabled by Israeli occupation forces and her life has been governed by their attacks on Gaza ever since....

  • The Shroud Maker: Making money from Palestinian misery

    Raya Al-Jadir speaks to Palestinian author and playwright Ahmed Masoud about his latest offering which takes readers on an imaginary story through Gaza...

  • Dramatising Daesh: MBC’s latest production

    “Gharabeb Soud” a drama series that has intrigued many by its name alone, has been airing since the start of Ramadan, and it’s causing a stir online. The controversy surrounding the series, which revolves around the rise of Daesh in the Middle East, began even before the first episode was...

  • A Palestinian gem

    Noticing that the young Arab generation no longer speak or use Arabic, Hazboun decided to use her work to promote the beauty of the language....

  • The art of living with a disability in Gaza

    Living with a disability can mean coming face to face with numerous challenges during your everyday life, in addition to society’s attitudes which can stifle and limit you, but what happens when you’re also fighting a military occupation? This is precisely the battle that Mohamed Dalo, 21, from the...

  • ‘Dinner With Saddam’ – A play that offers food for thought through comedy

    Upon seeing the world première of Anthony Horowitz’s new play “Dinner with Saddam” at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, one can’t help but feel awkward and uncomfortable at a play that tries to highlight Iraq’s modern history, with all its conflicts and suffering, in a farcical way where...

  • A Syrian Love Story: Humanising the revolution

    Last week, London’s British Film Institute hosted the preview of “A Syrian Love Story” a documentary by Independent newspaper journalist Sean McAllister who, over a period of five years, followed the lives of Amer and Raghda in an attempt to humanise the Syrian conflict and make it accessible to...

  • Weaving the way into the Palestinian fashion industry

    Celebrating the resilience, patience and perseverance of every woman that has fought and struggled to succeed and survive in or out of Palestine, Untha is an upcoming fashion collection which was showcased in Jerusalem in June. Untha, which means female in Arabic, is a tribute to Palestinian women who have for...

  • Sewing together Palestinian history

    For some, when you mention Palestine, images of war, bombings and destruction come to mind, most forget that Palestine has a rich and beautiful history and a colourful culture. Taita Leila is a project that challenges these ideas and brings together Palestinian history through a different language: the language of...

  • Eating yourself: Reclaiming Palestinian identity through food

    “Palestine on a Plate” is a cookery application that offers food lovers the chance to taste the beauty of Palestine through its famous dishes. The person behind the application is Joudie Kalla, a professional chef born to Palestinian parents who has lived most of her life in London. Kalla says...