May 3 Tue 6.30-8.15pm New America: Janine di Giovanni’s ‘The Morning They Came For Us: Despatches from Syria’

A courageous female reporter who ventured into Syria after several other front page war zones in her career, Janine di Giovanni,has written The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria telling what life is really like for some caught up in the shelling, bombing, and the rape and torture practiced by some among Assad’s forces, the newly burgeoning ISIS and other rebel fighters, all without much fear of penalty any time soon for their vicious inhumanity, some of it so appalling that the author herself despite her professional objectivity has had to maintain her balance amid tales so shocking that there are hints in the timbre of her voice of what she and many of her colleagues have suffered, their own Post Traumatic Stress symptoms, after taking the testimony of too many victims of such horrors. Meanwhile as she talks of her new book the day’s front page features a maternity hospital shelled by rebel forces in Aleppo, adding to the destruction of the Doctors Without Borders hospital earlier in the same tormented city, though a second cease fire will be announced the next day.

Oct 14, 2015 – Pro-government protesters hold pictures of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his late father, Hafez al-Assad, during a rally in Damascus

The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria

Four years ago – in the infancy of Syria’s civil war – Janine di Giovanni traveled to Syria on assignment for the New York Times. That trip became the first of many as conflict in the region escalated tragically, reaching far beyond borders and affecting millions of lives.
When di Giovanni, a seasoned war correspondent, first arrived in Damascus in 2012, she immediately recognized the familiar sight of a country trembling on the brink of war. Through the intimate stories of the ordinary civilians she encountered in places like Damascus, Homs, Darayya, and Aleppo, The Morning They Came For Us illuminates the harsh realities of warfare from all sides. What began with a handful of teenagers writing anti-government slogans rapidly turned into a full civil war, transforming a people in denial into a people in the midst of violence from which they have never recovered.

Join New America for a conversation with International Security Program fellow Janine di Giovanni on the devastating impacts of the Syria crisis and the ongoing realities of daily life in a war zone.

Janine di Giovanni @janinedigi
Middle East Editor, Newsweek
Fellow, International Security Program, New America
Author, The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria

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