Read Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ì Samar YazbekHe 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 Sunni Islamists many of them from 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 SyriaYazbek 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 One of the hardest and most heartbreaking books I ve picked up To have names and stories to this complicated war in Syria makes it real 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 Heartbreaking I have no words that could do ustice 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 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 20122013 when she "living in exile in France This book details her experiences on the three separate occasions in 20122013 when she back into her home country to bear witness to what is happening there She stays with and interviews ordinary women and men ournalists 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 I ve become very aware of ueues The ueue at the ATM to withdraw money the ueue at the bakery to buy fresh bread and pastries the ueue at the supermarket check out to pay for food and drink the ueue to get into the cinema to see the latest film the ueue to board an aeroplane to see the world People me included complain in ueues always looking around to see if there s Rder In The Crossing she testifies to the appalling reality that is Syria today From the first innocent demonstrations for democracy through the beginnings of the Free Syrian Army to the arrival of ISIS she offers remarkable snapshots of soldiers children ordinary men and women simply trying to stay aliveSome of these stories are of hardship and brutality that is hard to bear. Faster one or if there s an official we can badger to open another check in or check out desk We look at our watches and stress about being late for some super important moment in our lives forgetting that the ueue we are standing in is itself a privileged moment one to be savoured instead of whinged about We are after all
about to eat drink and be merry and yet we habitually wear grim faces our mouths turning down oftento eat drink and be merry and yet we habitually wear grim faces our mouths turning down often up So yes I ve become a little critical of my own complacency lately and reading this book about some of what went on in Syria in 20122013 has increased my discomfort
The Crossing Tells Of JournalistCrossing tells of ournalist Yazbe s several clandestine crossings from Turkey into the war zone of Syria after she d been declared persona non grata by the Assad regime in 2011 and been forced into exileThe book is not an easy read and not only because it is about war The early sections are fragmentary simply a series of anecdotes related by the people Yazbe stayed with in the towns and villages she visited anecdotes that do however give us a picture of what life is like for those who can t afford to pay the the price reuired to exit the country or those who have decided to stay because they are part of one of the many groups opposing the Assad regime the spouses sisters mothers aunts of the fighters The anecdotes run into each other without much pause for comment and the book seems as ragged and chaotic as the lives the author is bearing witness to lives constantly battered by barrel bombs and sniper fire Eventually I grew accustomed to this lack of a thematic structure but by then the author had found one and the second half of the book is clear cut composed of almost formal interviews with various battalion leaders interspersed with background information on the origin and history of their groups and the degree of their specific religious affiliations "The author put her own life and that of her companions in danger again and again to approach "author put her own life and that of her companions in danger again and again to approach frontline and record these fighters testimonies I found her both brave and foolhardy by turns but incredibly lucky too as bombs exploded in her path again and againAt the time Yazbe is writing about 20122013 many of the groups opposing the Assad regime come under the banner of the Free Army This army is composed of the battalions and brigades which emerged in each individual rebel town when the revolution began in 2011 According to the people from the Free Army whom she interviewed they themselves are caught between Assad s Forces and fundamentalist factions composed mostly of non Syrians who have been sent into their country to fight against Assad and who are both feared and resented by native Syrian fighters Yazbe seems to have had less opportunity to interview the representatives of the non Syrian groups She makes it clear that as a woman she would not have been able to approach or interview the fundamentalist ones such as Nusra Front allied to al uaeda or the group known as Daesh a self proclaimed caliphate controlling areas in Syria and Ira and the most feared of the foreign groups She also didn t interview any of the Shabiha the armed militant supporters of Assad s regime However towards the end of her third sojourn she did manage to interview a Syrian commander of Ahrar al Sham a militant group rumoured to have ties to Muslim Brotherhood though he refused to look in her direction and spoke only to her male companion He like the others interviewed had nothing encouraging to say about any peaceful outcome in the foreseeable futureSince I finished this book the Russians have entered the war in support of Assad supposedly to help him fight the Daesh groups Hearing that the Russians are also targeting the Free Army fighters in their already bombed out towns and villages makes me despair for the Syrian women and children who can t afford to leave their country to oin the ranks of compatriots ueuing endlessly at and borders across Europe and the Middle Eas. But she also gives testimony to touches of humanity along the way how people live under the gaze of a sniperhow principled young men try to resist orders from their military superiorshow children cope in the bunkersYazbek's portraits of life in Syria are very real her prose is luminous The Crossing is undoubtedly both an important historical document and a work of literature. ,
This was an emotional read that covers the point where things went from bad to worse for SyriaThe 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 support12 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 con Death devastation and despair permeate these pages Having gone into exile after being targeted by the Assad regime Samar Yazbek returned to Syria multiple times illegally crossing the border from Turkey to see for herself what her homeland had become and carry the horrifying and heartbreaking stories of the people she encountered out into the world Not an easy
read but a powerful one Perhaps the most depressing book I have ever read Thebut a powerful one Perhaps the most depressing book I have ever read The 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 su 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 "Syria to pay attention and realise 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 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 ournalist 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 Samar Yazbek a Syrian Crush It! 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 resistersThis 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 comeust 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 freuently 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 'May beone of the first political classics of the 21st century' ObserverSamar Yazbek was well known in her native Syria as a writer and a ournalist but in 2011 she fell foul of the Assad regime and was forced to fleeSince then determined to bear witness to the suffering of her people she bravely revisited her homeland by sueezing through a hole in the fence on the Turkish bo. .