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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 BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services