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A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution Paperback – August 28, 2012
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"She has the novelist's eye for telling detail Hers is the urgent task of showing the world what is happening. Thanks to her, we can read about the appalling things that go on in secret, underground places."The Guardian
"Her book is infused with a hauntingly poetic narrative style. Chilling, disturbing, but irresistibly compelling."The Daily Star
"Four new books confront the [Syrian] revolution head-on Of the four writers, Samar Yazbek provides the most arresting, novelistic prose uncompromising reportage from a doomed capital."The Spectator
"Impassioned and harrowing memoir of the early revolt "New York Review of Books
"The heartbreaking diary of a Syrian who risked her life to document the regime's brutal attacks on peaceful demonstrators."The Inquirer
"Its importance is in its existence, the effort of so many Syrians to share their stories and Yazbek's own courage and ability to record them."The National
"It's heavy and horrible, like so much related to the war. But the book also reminds that Syria iswasutterly beautiful."CNN
'If you want to put a face on the Syrian revolution, try an activist named Samar Yazbek she’s a walking refutation of the argument that the conflict in Syria is simply a sectarian civil war between Assad’s Alawites and the Sunni majority. David Ignatius, Washington Post
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Yazbek's book documents the first 100 days of the Syrian Revolution, which began with demonstrations in March 2011. As the conflict, which initially followed a `traditional Arab Spring scenario' with demands for freedoms and cessation of corruption, escalated into a civil war along sectarian lines, Yazbek analyses how that sectarianism was fostered. She also explores the beginnings of the Syrian refugee problem. A relatively small number of refugees in the period, documented by Yazbek, turned into hundreds of thousands of refugees and a few millions of internally displaced persons. The book captures the period when the exodus began.
Yazbek, through hundreds of interviews conducted with opposition leaders, reconstructs the events in Dar'a (in the southwest, on the border with Jordan) and Baniyas (in the northwest, on the Mediterranean coast), the two towns where some of the worst atrocities by the Syrian regime were committed. Yazbek also explores the roles of the Syrian army, the security services, and the shabiha (civilian sectarian militia) in the revolution.
Yazbek provides a perspective on the conflict that should not be taken for granted. She is an Alawi, of the same ethnic group as the president, but was shunned by her community for her oppositional beliefs. She is a woman and a mother in the revolution that we associate with pictures of young men in their 20s.Read more ›
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Riveting reading for anyone interested in how Syria's democracy protests morphed quickly into a civil war without end.Published 3 months ago by S. M. Khalid
I'm working alongside Syrian refugees and this compelling book has deepened my understanding of what they have faced and why they fled. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mahala