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Rania Abouzeid

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

Rania Abouzeid Interviewed by Gideon Rachman

Saturday, 24 March 2018

10:00am

1 hour

Weston Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Award-winning foreign correspondent Rania Abouzeid tells the tragedy of the Syrian War through the dramatic stories of four young people.

Abouzeid traces the stories of a privileged young man who hoped for justice and democracy at the outset of protests in 2011, a radicalised father who saw a darker opportunity amid the unrest, a poet who became a commander in the Free Syria Army and a nine-year-old who opened her door to a military raid. As the conflict grew, their lives intertwined. Through them Abouzeid tells a story of Assad’s prisons, manipulation of rebels by foreign states and organisations, and the rise of so-called Islamic State.

Abouzeid has won many awards for foreign reporting including the Michael Kelly Award and George Polk Award. She lives in Beirut and has written for The New Yorker, Time, Foreign Affairs, Politico, the Guardian, and the Los Angeles Times.

Here she talks to FT chief foreign affairs columnist Gideon Rachman.

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Jane and Roderick Gibbs Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Intesa Sanpaolo Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Mary and Cecil Quillen The Oxford Artisan Distillery Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine