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Friday 26 February 2016

Syria Untold

A series of events at the LSE on the conflict in Syria, telling the story of the Syrian revolt and civil war through the eyes of Syrian authors and civil society activists.

In association with DESTIN, the student society of the Department of International Development at LSE.

Understanding Syria – A conversation with Robin Yassin-Kassab
27 February, 5:30–7:30pm.
Venue: LSE Old Building, Room OLD 4.10, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.

Join us for a conversation with author and journalist Robin Yassin-Kassab to mark the launch of his new book Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War, which explores the horrific and complicated reality of life in present-day Syria. The event will explore the history of the five-year descent of Syria’s uprising into bloody conflict, as well as the rise of ISIS and the present refugee

Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War will be available to buy on the night.

Screening: Our Terrible Country, followed by Q&A with Planet Syria activist Haid Haid
2 March 5:30–8pm.
Venue: LSE Clement House, Room CLM.7.02, 99 Aldwych, London WC2B 4JF.

Our Terrible Country takes the viewer on the perilous journey of Yassin Haj Saleh, a well-known Syrian intellectual and dissident, and the young photographer Ziad Homsi, who travel together on an arduous and dangerous route from the liberated area of Douma/Damascus to Raqqa in northern Syria, only to find themselves eventually forced to leave their home country for a temporary exile in Turkey.

The film will be followed by a discussion with Syrian analyst and Planet Syria activist Haid Haid on the role of Syrian civil society in the conflict.

Screening: Syria’s Rebellious Women
9 March, 6pm–7:30pm.
Venue: LSE Clement House Room 1.02, 99 Aldwych, London WC2B 4JF.

Made over a period of 18 months in northern Syria, these short films tell the individual stories of a diverse group of strong, resilient women. As well as facing the constant threat of bombing by the Assad government’s air force, they women must battle the conservative traditions of a male-dominated society, aggravated by a militarised environment from which so many civilians have fled.

Aid, development and the refugee crisis + Screening: Not Who We Are
March 16th
Venue: TBC

Dr. Rouba Mhaissen, CEO of SAWA for Development and Aid, will highlight the need to raise the profile of Syrians’ voices and experiences, to encourage the international community to collaborate with Syrian organisations in short and long term aid and development in its response to the crisis within Syria and the refugee crisis in neighbouring countries.

Rouba’s talk will be accompanied by a showing of Not Who We Are, a documentary about Syrian refugee women.