Sat, 07 Oct 2017, 11:00
Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival, Crown and Mitre Hotel, 4 English Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8HZ
Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami will be discussing their book 'Burning Country' at Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival
In 2011, Syrians took to the streets of Damascus to demand the overthrow of the government of Bashar al-Assad. Today, Syria is still a war zone and a devastated land. Burning Country explores the horrific reality of life in present-day Syria, drawing on first-hand testimonies from opposition fighters, exiles lost in refugee camps, and courageous human rights activists. Robin and Leila will be interviewed by Radio 4 journalist Roger Bolton about the militarisation of the uprising, the rise of Islamism, the role of governments and the resulting unprecedented humanitarian crisis.
Leila Al-Shami and Robin Yassin-Kassab both grew up in the UK with Syrian and British parents and live in Scotland. Prior to writing Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War, Leila worked for fifteen years as a human rights activist in Syria and the surrounding region. She was a founding member of Tahrir-ICN, a network that aimed to connect anti-authoritai