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Probably the most important book I ve read this year. Heartbreaking I have no words that could do justice describing the horrors that have happened in Syria A beautiful country with an ancient history, it got thrown into ruins in the blink of an eye While I cannot claim to know the whole story or even decide who is in the right, all I can say is that I felt guilt, sadness, anger, frustration, helplessness, disgust and horror when I read Samar s descriptions of the plight of Syrians All they wanted was peace and to live their lives, but instead, Heartbreaking I have no words that could do justice describing the horrors that have happened in Syria A beautiful country with an ancient history, it got thrown into ruins in the blink of an eye While I cannot claim to know the whole story or even decide who is in the right, all I can say is that I felt guilt, sadness, anger, frustration, helplessness, disgust and horror when I read Samar s descriptions of the plight of Syrians All they wanted was peace and to live their lives, but instead, all they know now is bloodshed and death I feel silly to even think reading Samar s words and shedding tears could bring me closer to the pain those embroiled in the conflict feel My empathy if anything is shamefully temporary, as I have not experienced the wretchedness of a life like this first hand If anything, her account has made me feel blessed for living in a safe country, free of war At the same time, I feel helpless for having no ability to stop or change anything happening to this once glorious country My heart goes out to all Syrians, and while I know this won t mean much or even anything at all , my prayers are with you, and I hope you ll know peace as I do in your homeland one day #Download Epub Ö The Crossing: My journey to the shattered heart of Syria ¹ ONE OF THE FIRST POLITICAL CLASSICS OF THE st CENTURY Observer EXTRAORDINARILY POWERFUL, POIGNANT AND AFFECTING I WAS GREATLY MOVED Michael PalinFOREWORD BY CHRISTINA LAMBJournalist Samar Yazbek was forced into exile by Assad s regime When the uprising in Syria turned to bloodshed, she was determined to take action and secretly returned several times The Crossing is her rare, powerful and courageous testament to what she found inside the borders of her homelandFrom the first peaceful protests for democracy to the arrival of ISIS, she bears witness to those struggling to survive, to the humanity that can flower amidst annihilation, and why so many are now desperate to flee I really think The Crossing is a modern political classic a visceral reminder of what humanity can do, as well as a direct charge to all of us outside of Syria to pay attention and realise how complicit our governments are in what is happening Heartbreaking, hard to read, beautifully written and incredibly moving, I will not forget The Crossing and Yazbek s haunting and honest prose for a long time Essential reading. One of the hardest and most heartbreaking books I ve picked up To have names and stories to this complicated war in Syria makes itreal Everyone who want to know why refugees are leaving at such high risk should pick up this book Powerful, pailful and yet there is still the hope of the human spirit. Perhaps the most depressing book I have ever read The author details her visits to her homeland of Syria since the beginning of the revolution She shows how the revolution with its aims for a civil society with religious tolerance has been hijacked by religious and ethnic hatreds She has down this with great physical courage in avoiding the barrel bombs and missiles of Assad s forces and the perils facing a modern women presented by the rise of the Islamic fundamentalists Many in the west wi Perhaps the most depressing book I have ever read The author details her visits to her homeland of Syria since the beginning of the revolution She shows how the revolution with its aims for a civil society with religious tolerance has been hijacked by religious and ethnic hatreds She has down this with great physical courage in avoiding the barrel bombs and missiles of Assad s forces and the perils facing a modern women presented by the rise of the Islamic fundamentalists Many in the west will only consider what is happening in Syria if it fits their own established ideological prism Syria is far to complicated for that A book written with such physical and emotional courage needs people to have the courage to read it Samar Yazbek, a Syrian journalist who was forced to leave her country in 2011, returned incognito in 2012 and twice her 2013 to tell the story of the democratic opposition resisting the government of Bashar al Assad But Assad s forces were doing all they could to crush the resisters.This is a story of people forced to move from place to place in an attempt to survive endless bombings Yazbek spends time in towns where ordinary civilians never know when they might be killed Planes bomb daily D Samar Yazbek, a Syrian journalist who was forced to leave her country in 2011, returned incognito in 2012 and twice her 2013 to tell the story of the democratic opposition resisting the government of Bashar al Assad But Assad s forces were doing all they could to crush the resisters.This is a story of people forced to move from place to place in an attempt to survive endless bombings Yazbek spends time in towns where ordinary civilians never know when they might be killed Planes bomb daily During Ramadan, they come just after dark, when people are allowed to break their fast Most of the people she talks with started out as peaceful protestors, then fought back after Assad started killed them and destroying their communities She sympathizes with their decision Some people were still trying to build community organizations in their towns Yazbek herself was trying to organize women s centers Often, one time programs for children were the only substitute for schools that had long since been closed She was frequently the only woman among male fighters who were anxious to keep her safe That wasn t an easy task because she is an Alawite, belonging to the Shiite group that Assad belongs to and has favored She had to be secret about that, or risk death Although some Alawites risked their lives to oppose him, many Sunnis hate Alawites because of him When she went to Syria in 2013, that problem had worsened Sunni Islamists, many of them from other countries, were trying to take over the revolution and impose their version of Islam The democratic rebels had to fight Assad s government on one hand and fundamentalists on the other The rebels did have to cooperate with homegrown fundamentalists like the Nusra front Women who had participated in the struggle on their own and those who had followed their husbands who were fighting deeply resented the fundamentalists, who insisted that they cover themselves though that had not been the custom in much of Syria.Yazbek is incredibly brave I was overwhelmed by the many times she risked death so she could report what was happening to the outside world Then I thought This is her country Wouldn t I do the same if it was my country She lives in exile in Paris, angry that other countries have either turned their back on what is happening in Syria or taken advantage of it for political gains This is an important first person account by a Syrian How many accounts of this by Syrians have you read This was an emotional read that covers the point where things went from bad to worse for Syria.The author crossed into Syria her homeland three times during 2012 and 2013 to help implement some programs in support of women and to report on what was going on In the first visit, the Assad regime was continuing it s mindless, spineless and senseless aerial bombing of those areas in Northern Syria where the rebels have taken control The civilians live to suffer or to escape into Turkey The rebe This was an emotional read that covers the point where things went from bad to worse for Syria.The author crossed into Syria her homeland three times during 2012 and 2013 to help implement some programs in support of women and to report on what was going on In the first visit, the Assad regime was continuing it s mindless, spineless and senseless aerial bombing of those areas in Northern Syria where the rebels have taken control The civilians live to suffer or to escape into Turkey The rebels make slow progress on the ground but have no aerial support.12 months later, the Assad regime continues it s mindless, spineless and senseless aerial bombing The rebels are losing support and Islamic extremist groups including ISIS are now present and taking control of many areas Their dream of an Islamic Caliphate is starting to come together.In her three visits, Yazbek is able to summarise the destruction of people, the shift of a rebellion for a country with civil liberties and respect of the individual to a war between Islamic sects It is a sorry story of what happens when the world allows events to spiral out of control The most we could dream of was to wake up in the morning and discover we weren t buried beneath rubble, or that we had avoided having our heads cut off at the hands of ISIS Page 253This is so powerful and heartbreaking Makes me understand about what really happens in Syria Samar Yazbek s bravery and her mission to give voice from the voiceless reminds me of Marie Colvin, a woman war journalist that died in Syria when reporting I will always pray that someday Syria will be free, the regim The most we could dream of was to wake up in the morning and discover we weren t buried beneath rubble, or that we had avoided having our heads cut off at the hands of ISIS Page 253This is so powerful and heartbreaking Makes me understand about what really happens in Syria Samar Yazbek s bravery and her mission to give voice from the voiceless reminds me of Marie Colvin, a woman war journalist that died in Syria when reporting I will always pray that someday Syria will be free, the regime will fell and the victims who died goes to heaven Aamiin This was a country in name only, sliced up into areas controlled by rival military brigades, all of them submitting to the absolute power of a murderous sky But here we carried on with life, regardless Families plodded on, eking out a living under the lethal sky, among the barbarisms of the extremist battalions Samar Yazbeck is an Alawite Syrian journalist, living in exile in France This book details her experiences on the three separate occasions in 2012 2013 when she crosses back into her This was a country in name only, sliced up into areas controlled by rival military brigades, all of them submitting to the absolute power of a murderous sky But here we carried on with life, regardless Families plodded on, eking out a living under the lethal sky, among the barbarisms of the extremist battalions Samar Yazbeck is an Alawite Syrian journalist, living in exile in France This book details her experiences on the three separate occasions in 2012 2013 when she crosses back into her home country to bear witness to what is happening there She stays with and interviews ordinary women and men, journalists and leaders of military brigades She shows great courage and compassion As you would expect, this is not an easy read It is eye opening, distressing, shocking and absolutely heart breaking An important book to help understand the war in Syria, sadly still very relevant today