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No Turning Back: Life, Loss and Hope in Wartime Syria

Rania Abouzeid

Photo: Abouzeid in Idlib, Syria in 2013
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Award-winning journalist Rania Abu Zeid has made countless trips inside Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Washington, and several European towns and cities to cover the Syrian uprising and the deadly civil and proxy war that ensued and destroyed tens of millions of lives.

Rania Abouzeid joins Status and VOMENA host Malihe Razazan to talk about her new book, No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria. 

About "No Turning Back":

Extending back to the first demonstrations of 2011, No Turning Back dissects the tangle of ideologies and allegiances that make up the Syrian conflict. As protests ignited in Daraa, some citizens were brimming with a sense of possibility. A privileged young man named Suleiman posted videos of the protests online, full of hope for justice and democracy. A father of two named Mohammad, secretly radicalized and newly released from prison, saw a darker opportunity in the unrest. When violence broke out in Homs, a poet named Abu Azzam became an unlikely commander in a Free Syrian Army militia. The regime’s brutal response disrupted a family in Idlib province, where a nine-year-old girl opened the door to a military raid that caused her father to flee. As the bombings increased and roads grew more dangerous, these people’s lives intertwined in unexpected ways.

Rania Abouzeid brings readers deep inside Assad’s prisons, to covert meetings where foreign states and organizations manipulated the rebels, and to the highest levels of Islamic militancy and the formation of ISIS. Based on more than five years of clandestine reporting on the front lines, No Turning Back is an utterly engrossing human drama full of vivid, indelible characters that shows how hope can flourish even amid one of the twenty-first century’s greatest humanitarian disasters.

Order the book and find out more here.


Rania Abouzeid
Rania Abouzeid

Author of the book "No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria". 

Rania Abou Zeid is a print and television journalist with over fifteen years experience in the Middle East.

Abou Zeid has been honored with half a dozen awards including the 2015 Michael Kelly Award, the 2014 George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting, and the 2013 Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism. Her first documentary, Syria: Behind Rebel Lines, won a Canadian Screen Award. Shortlisted for at least a dozen other international accolades, including thrice a finalist for the Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents and twice for the One World Media International Journalist of the Year, she has received fellowships from the European Council on Foreign Relations, New America, and the Ochberg at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her first book is titled No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

She has written for TIME, the New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, National Geographic, Foreign Policy, Politico, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, The Australian, CSM, and a host of other publications, and has appeared on France 24, BBC, CBC, CBS, PBS, Al-Jazeera and Channel 4.

For more information, visit her official website here.

Twitter: @raniaab

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