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The Resource A disappearance in Damascus : a story of friendship and survival in the shadow of war, Deborah Campbell

A disappearance in Damascus : a story of friendship and survival in the shadow of war, Deborah Campbell

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A disappearance in Damascus : a story of friendship and survival in the shadow of war
Title
A disappearance in Damascus
Title remainder
a story of friendship and survival in the shadow of war
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Deborah Campbell
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eng
Summary
"We rarely hear the stories of women's courage in the face of danger. This riveting true story of a remarkable relationship between 2 women--the award-winning Canadian journalist Deborah Campbell and Ahlam, an Iraqi woman working as a "fixer" for Western media in Syria as it plunges into war--reveals as much about the universal power of friendship as about the courage of those who bring us our daily news. In 2007, Deborah Campbell, known for her "lion-hearted" reporting on international conflicts, travels undercover to Damascus on assignment to Harper's to report on the exodus of Iraqi refugees into Syria following the fall of Baghdad. There she meets and hires Ahlam, a refugee working in Damascus as a "fixer"--providing Western media with information and trustworthy contacts to get the news out. Ahlam, a charismatic woman who fled to Syria after being kidnapped for her work running a humanitarian centre in Iraq, uses the income to support her husband and 2 children and to run a "one-woman NGO," helping orphans and widows and starting a school for teenaged girls. Using skills she honed in Iraq, Ahlam has become a leader of a rag-tag group of war survivors. Campbell comes to love Ahlam's selflessness, resourcefulness and optimism. But the Syrian Secret Police are watching. The morning they seize Ahlam, Campbell is forced to watch, unable to stop them. Fearing that her work with Ahlam has led to her friend's kidnapping, Campbell spends the months that follow desperately trying to find Ahlam--all the while fearing she could be next. The story of the eventual reunion and the continuing friendship between 2 brave women from very different cultures is a rare one. And Campbell, a brilliant journalist, simultaneously provides invaluable behind-the-scenes insights into the roots of the wars enveloping Syria and Iraq, the ways fear begets violence, and in a world run this way, how easy it is to lose yourself."--
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contains biographical information
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CaOONL
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1970-
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Campbell, Deborah
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Mahmood, Ahlam A
  • Campbell, Deborah
  • Political prisoners
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • Refugees
  • Refugees
  • Journalists
Target audience
general
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A disappearance in Damascus : a story of friendship and survival in the shadow of war, Deborah Campbell
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9780345809292
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • pr01036110
  • (CaOWLBI)pr01036110
  • 317523
Label
A disappearance in Damascus : a story of friendship and survival in the shadow of war, Deborah Campbell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9780345809292
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • pr01036110
  • (CaOWLBI)pr01036110
  • 317523

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