By Deborah Campbell
Winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ belief Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the liberty to learn Award
Winner of the Hubert Evans Prize
In the midst of an unfolding foreign obstacle, well known journalist Deborah Campbell reveals herself swept up within the mysterious disappearance of Ahlam, her consultant and buddy. Campbell’s frank, own account of a trip via worry and the triumph of friendship and braveness is as riveting because it is illuminating.
The tale starts off in 2007, whilst Deborah Campbell travels undercover to Damascus to record at the exodus of Iraqis into Syria, following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. There she meets and hires Ahlam, a refugee operating as a “fixer”—providing Western media with reliable info and contacts to aid get the scoop out. Ahlam has fled her domestic in Iraq after being abducted whereas operating a humanitarian middle. She helps her husband and youngsters whereas operating to establish a makeshift tuition for displaced women. powerful and charismatic, she has turn into an unofficial chief of the refugee community.
Campbell is electrified by means of Ahlam’s selection to create anything sturdy amid loads pain, and the 2 girls turn into shut associates. yet one morning, Ahlam is seized from her domestic in entrance of Campbell’s eyes. Haunted by way of the possibility that their interact has ended in her friend’s arrest, Campbell spends the months that stick with desperately looking for Ahlam—all the whereas fearing she should be next.
The compelling tale of 2 ladies stuck up within the shadowy politics in the back of today’s so much searing clash, A Disappearance in Damascus reminds us of the braveness of these who probability their lives to convey us the world’s news.
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A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War by Deborah Campbell