World Refugee Day: Syrian writer’s book of poems reflects his time in exile in Malaysia


‘I hope that every refugee here finds one Malaysian friend, ’ says poet Mwaffaq, who fled war-torn Syria in 2016, and has been living in Kuala Lumpur since. Photo: Handout

For Mwaffaq Al-Hajjar, a Syrian refugee living in Kuala Lumpur, words and poetry have always been in his blood. Since his youth, he loved singing, performing, writing and telling stories.

Here is somebody trained in science, but who also loves the arts.

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