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Book Club - "A Disappearance in Damascus"
Thu, 18 May 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
IDI invites you to its book club*. Let's share ideas over a cup of coffee and cake.
Our third book is: "A Disappearance in Damascus" by Deborah Campbell.
You can find more information about the book below:
The story begins in 2007 when Deborah Campbell travels undercover to Damascus to report on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. There she meets and hires Ahlam, a refugee working as a "fixer" - providing Western media with trustworthy information and contacts to help get the news out. Ahlam, who fled her home in Iraq after being kidnapped while running a humanitarian centre, not only supports her husband and two children through her work with foreign journalists but is setting up a makeshift school for displaced girls. She has become a charismatic, unofficial leader of the refugee community in Damascus, and Campbell is inspired by her determination to create something good amid so much suffering. Ahlam soon becomes her friend as well as her guide. But one morning Ahlam is seized from her home in front of Campbell's eyes. Haunted by the prospect that their work together has led to her friend's arrest, Campbell spends the months that follow desperately trying to find her - all the while fearing she could be next.
Through its compelling story of two women caught up in the shadowy politics behind today's conflict, A Disappearance in Damascus reminds us of the courage of those who risk their lives to bring us the world's news. (From Knopf Canada)
Vancouver author and journalist Deborah Campbell won the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for her book 'A Disappearance in Damascus'.
* All attendees of the book club are expected to read the whole book.