Sat, 05 May 2018, 18:15
Dumfries House, Ayrshire, Dumfries House, Cumnock, KA18 2NJ,
Robin Yassin-Kassab appearing at the 2018 Boswell Book Festival
In 2011, many Syrians took to the streets of Damascus to demand the overthrow of the government of Bashar al-Assad. Today, much of Syria has become a warzone where foreign journalists find it almost impossible to report on life in this devastated land. A Scottish-Syrian journalist, Robin Yassin-Kassab talks to veteran reporter Allan Little about his definitive book Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War, co-authored with Leila al-Shami and newly updated, exploring the horrific and complicated reality of life in present-day Syria with exceptional detail, drawing on new firsthand testimonies from opposition fighters, exiles lost in an archipelago of refugee camps, and courageous human rights activists, among many others, and in so doing offers a ground-breaking account of the political and humanitarian disaster.