I Will Not Open Fire


I Will Not Open Fire by Najem Abdullah


This collection of stories in which the author tells stories inspired by the rural Yemeni reality and the author expressed some of them, namely migration, war, false traditions, ignorance, poverty, unemployment, and racism.

This is part of Yousef’s story: (I remember that once, he gave me his gun and asked me to kill him in the least offensive manner I could ever purify him from the sin of the war he thought of involving in. He sought Allah’s repentance in life and death, for sins he didn’t commit, for souls he didn’t kill, for the blood he didn’t spill, for strife he didn’t spark, for humiliating poverty, degrading hunger, and disfiguring disease. He sought Allah’s forgiveness to endure war, to get saved from it, and to make it through.)


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