Q and Q (Syria)

By Liwaa Yazji, translated by Clem Naylor

Why would a Syrian refugee want to bring a child into this world?

War and displacement affect generations of communities. Conflict not only has huge physical, emotional and psychological consequences for the women affected, but it also negatively impacts their children, families and wider communities. Syrian law requires that a father is present to register the birth of a child outside of Syria. This leaves thousands of Syrian children with no legal existence.

Award-winning Syrian playwright Liwaa Yazji explores the highly controversial relationship between war, power and birth, and shines a light on issues of human-trafficking, abuse of reproductive rights and lack of choice for women.

“I look behind me and there’s nothing. And now I look in front of me and there’s nothing.”