NAME ::: Mohamed Jamous COUNTRY ::: Syria
My name is Mohamed Jamous. I’m a Palestinian-Syrian. I grew up in Yarmouk Camp near Damascus. My life there was quite beautiful, because in Yarmouk Camp, we loved life and I was always having fun with my friends and the schools were good as they were supported by the United Nations for the Palastinian refugees. So it was very good to study there. I grew up in a simple family. We are not very rich, pretty much middle class. Our life there with my friends and relatives was great as they were all close by.
We are five brothers and one sister in the family and I’m the second in the family. My brother Yaser is the oldest one and my other brothers are younger. I think we are quite a beautiful family with five boys and one girl. All of them are still in Syria, but they could flee to the center of Damascus. They succeeded to get out of the Camp, but there are a lot of people that are still there as they don’t have enough money to rent a place in Damascus, what is much safer.
What is most important to you?
The most important thing for me is that I want to be a useful man for society. I hope that all people could live in peace and justice and equality and I hope to have an impact on that.
What has influenced you the most in your life?
To me the biggest influence for me has been the Arab Spring and the Syrian revolution as always when I was a child I could feel the situation is tense. The presidents controlled everything. The money, the society, the politics – they judged countries like their personal farms. They did not care about the poor, they did not care about the people, they did not care about the problems in society. So the Arab Spring was the most important event that happened in my life so far. I think it changed me from inside, not from outside. I think the big changes for me came from thoughts, new ideas, a new generation that is able to change the life. I think most people in the Arab Spring changed their minds and opinions about everything in their lives. It’s been a big thing.
What has been an important turning point in your life?
The major turning point in my life was when I started to do rap music. After that I had something to say and a way to do it through my music and my lyrics. This has been a major turning point for me at they time as I realized I can say everything in my lyrics and with my words. I liked the type of music as it is strong and it allows you to say what you want. I think with that I could suddenly say what I want and I’m more comfortable with it. I can say to you that I grew with that as we were always under stress and pressure with the control in Syria, but with rap we were more free. I think it allowed me to agree with myself from inside.
What makes you happy?
What makes me happy is when I see children live in peace and have a happy life, especially the children. Of course people in general, but especially children. For me personally what makes me happy is when I can be with my friends and family. And also when I feel I can do that is important for my country, that is also making me happy.
What are you personally proud of?
I’m proud to be Palastinian. We have an important case since ’48 and I’m proud to be Palastinian and I’m also proud to be Syrian and I believe that the revolution is very important. There are a lot of things that are very similar between the Palastinian case and the Syrian revolution and how the inter nation society is dealing with those cases. I’m also personally proud of your band Refugees of Rap and what we achieved with it. My studies also make me proud as they opened my vision and opened my eyes. I studied sociology and we discussed problems in society as well, so this allows me now also to be deeper with my lyrics. I think what I see and my studies shape how I write my lyrics today.
What have been the biggest struggles in your life?
The biggest struggles were when the revolution started and the Free Syrian Army came into Yarmouk Camp. It was very difficult for everyone as the government started bombing and before it was ok safe. Suddenly there was no food, no money, no safety – it was a huge struggle. We only stayed in the houses and could not go out anymore as it was so dangerous. There were bombs and guns everywhere. It was a very hard time.
What would you change in your life, if you could change something?
In my life, I think I would change my opinion about some things, about some other cultures, maybe. The media has such a big affect on me and everyone in Syria. I want to be more active to know other cultures and people.
What do you wish for your own future?
I wish to be more famous with the Refugees of Rap to be able to send our message out to the world and reach people with it. At some point I also wish I could continue my studies in sociology.