Read A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War Online Free - In the midst of an unfolding international crisis, the renowned journalist Deborah Campbell finds herself swept up in the mysterious disappearance of Ahlam, her guide and friend. Her frank, personal account of a journey through fear, and the triumph of friendship and courage, is as riveting as it is illuminating.
The story begins in 2007 when Deborah Campbell travels undercover to Damascus to report on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. There she meets and hires Ahlam, a refugee working as a “fixer”—providing Western media with trustworthy information and contacts to help get the news out. Ahlam, who fled her home in Iraq after being kidnapped while running a humanitarian centre, not only supports her husband and two children through her work with foreign journalists but is setting up a makeshift school for displaced girls. She has become a charismatic, unofficial leader of the refugee community in Damascus, and Campbell is inspired by her determination to create something good amid so much suffering. Ahlam soon becomes her friend as well as her guide. But one morning Ahlam is seized from her home in front of Campbell’s eyes. Haunted by the prospect that their work together has led to her friend’s arrest, Campbell spends the months that follow desperately trying to find her—all the while fearing she could be next.
Through its compelling story of two women caught up in the shadowy politics behind today’s conflict, A Disappearance in Damascus reminds us of the courage of those who risk their lives to bring us the world’s news.
|Title||:||A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
November 24, 2016
I was no longer afraid. Go ahead. Follow me around. Arrest me. I realized I could accept many things. I could accept not fulfilling whatever ambitions had landed me here in the first place. I could accept the knowledge that nothing I wrote or would ever write would change a thing and that the wo...
April 11, 2017
This book has been sitting on my shelf for a month until I decided to open it after attending a talk on the intentional targeting of hospitals in war zones. I guess I was scared of it at first because there's something so hopeless and depressing about reading real terrible things happening to rea...
December 31, 2016
I picked up this book to better understand what is happening in Syria right now; I didn't realize it would be such an effortless, intriguing, beautiful read. I actually learned much more about Iraq than I did Syria, as the story follows refugees from the 2003 Iraq War who flee the crumbling civic...
July 17, 2017
Non-fiction insights and education for me anyway as to what is occurring in Syria today and a peek into the events and history that has triggered this reality today. A labour of love to tell this story - definitely felt through every chapter and word written.
July 18, 2017
An incredible story and one that pulls you in right away. I initially thought it would get dry in spots with narrative exposition about the Middle East but Campbell did a masterful job of weaving it together in a compelling manner. I thought the story petered out a little towards the last few cha...
August 02, 2017
Amazing book which combines friendship between cultures and the war in Iraq. Written by a journalist.
February 25, 2017
Wow. This is a powerful book. It's about so many things. Syria and Iraq post-Iraq war. The people, regular people, dealing with all the blowback. In particular, one woman who managed to carve out a niche for herself as a fixer for foreign journalists, but also as a pillar of the community, such a...
December 18, 2016
To quote a review which I find very accurate:
"“[A] must-read for people wanting to further their understanding of the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis, and about the deep ramifications that the Iraq war had on the rest of the Middle East. Especially now that the worst-case scenario that many S...
March 10, 2017
A Disappearance in Damascus is a wonderfully informative, engaging, and effortless read. I began this book knowing next-to-nothing about modern-day Syria, and fearing I might be left in the dust of political nuances I could not comprehend. What I found instead is a compelling, ruthlessly honest s...
February 24, 2017
Very compelling and well written recollections of the life of a journalist in a war torn country, no knowing a single person to making life long friends in unorthodox ways. Happiness, heartbreak, fear, and confusion were all the feelings I felt during this read!