Janine di Giovanni – no credit

Janine di Giovanni

Dispatches from Syria

Festival of Ideas/
Thu 18 February 2016

Janine di Giovanni

Dispatches from Syria

Janine di Giovanni – no credit
Thu 18 February 2016,

Janine di Giovanni has reported on war for over 20 years and is considered one of her generation’s finest foreign correspondents. In May of 2012, she travelled to Syria and began reporting from both sides of the conflict, witnessing its descent into one of the most brutal, internecine wars in recent history. Drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught up in the fighting, Syria came to consume her every moment, her every emotion.

Speaking to those directly involved, di Giovanni relayed the personal stories of rebel fighters thrown in jail at the least provocation; of children and families forced to watch loved ones taken and killed by regime forces with dubious justifications; and of the elite, holding pool parties in Damascus hotels, trying to deny the human consequences of the nearby shelling.

Following on from her other acclaimed books about her work from places of violent struggle, di Giovanni’s latest, The Morning They Came for Us, is an unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration. She talks about life in a jihadist war, courage and human resilience in the face of devastating, unimaginable horrors.

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