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The Crossing: My journey to the shattered heart of Syria

The Crossing: My journey to the shattered heart of Syria

Author(s): Samar Yazbek

Location(s): Syria

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Nonfiction

Era(s): early 21st century

Journalist 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 homeland.

From 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.

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