Mariela Shaker

Being a refugee taught me to be tough on myself, independent, strong, and above all, to never give up.

Mariela Shaker Violinist
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Survivors of the Syrian War

Survivors of the Syrian War

Show Notes

The civil war in Syria has raged for five years and killed half a million people. Eleven million refugees have either fled to other countries or are displaced within Syria. In this episode, three survivors share their personal stories of strength and determination under intense and difficult circumstances. Syrian violinist Mariela Shaker says she “ran under bombs and mortars” to send applications to colleges in the United States. Experts in Middle East policy also examine solutions to the war. Who is most effectively helping, and how are they doing it? What should the world do beyond looking on in horrified disbelief?


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