I Came to See You
The two scenes opposite are drawn from Karim Rashed’s play I Came to See You. Staged in 2015 and 2016 in Malmö and Stockholm, Sweden, this play completely sidesteps the reigning clichés about both the Iraq war and Arab refugees in Europe. Instead it confronts explosive issues of self-awareness, survivor’s guilt, and personal betrayal. The protagonist Salim (“The Safe”), like Rashed himself, is an Iraqi who built a successful life in Sweden as part of a previous generation of Arab refugees, well before the wave of 2015-16.