Award-winning playwright Liwaa Yazji explores the highly controversial and timely relationship between geography, exploitation, abuse of power towards women and birth in times of war, refuge and migration. War and displacement affects generations of communities- not only the physical, emotional and psychological impact on women who are disproportionately affected, but the thwarted aspirations of children born in these circumstances. Birth is about the life to come, not only the present moment. But if the present is uncontrollable, what future lies ahead?

Liwaa is a playwright, documentary filmmaker, poet, set designer and translator. She has both poems and plays published and is currently developing a new play with the Royal Court. Her first documentary HAUNTED was released in 2014 and received a Special Mention in the First Film Competition at FID Marseille, and since then has been invited to other festivals and screenings across the world. Liwaa left her home in Damascus to find safety in Europe. She currently lives in Berlin. Her mother is a gynaecologist who refuses to leave Damascus.

Liwaa Yazji's blog posts

July 18, 2016

Futher reading: Liwaa Yazji (Syria)

Syrian writer Liwaa Yazji shares with us some key research links that are informing her work for B!RTH. ‘Nearly half a million pregnant women among displaced refugees’ (The Telegraph) ‘Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Pregnant women often have no idea where to go’ (Doctors Without Borders) ‘As Syrian crisis drags into a fifth year pregnant women caught in […]

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