Brussels

Conflict

'We were just waiting for the storm to come'

Belgian writer Ismaël Saidi, now a successful playwright, grew up in Schaerbeek, the same neighborhood where bomb-making materials were discovered after this week's attacks. His dream for a nation is one that grows together with education, a love of life and hope for the future.

Conflict

'For the non-Muslims, it was like I opened a door for them'

In his just-released memoir a Belgian writer with Moroccan roots uses his experience to bridge cultures. In one chapter, he recounts learning how to slaughter sheep at home for the Muslim holidays. Non-Muslims ask him, “'You did that in your own house?’ “And the Muslims say, ‘Oh yeah, us too.’"