My Story: Survivors of the Syrian War

Three survivors of the war in Syria share their personal stories of strength and determination under the most difficult of circumstances. The Syrian conflict has raged for five years, and killed half a million people. 11 million refugees have either fled to other countries, or are displaced within Syria. Syrian violinist Mariela Shaker says she “ran under bombs and mortars” to send applications to music programs at colleges in the United States. She received a scholarship to attend Monmouth College. Loubna Mrie, a Syrian activist and photojournalist, talks about her participation in the initial stages of the country’s revolution. And, Kassem Eid, a Palestinian Syrian refugee and human rights activist, survived Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s 2013 sarin gas massacre. In 2014, he came to the United States on a speaking tour.

Festival: 2016

Watch and Listen: World

Ashraf Ghani, former Finance Minister of Afghanistan, and Hamed Wardak, founder of a nonaligned political movement with... See more
More today than ever before, the international market for capital is truly global. Governments and firms of rich and... See more
China has experienced a tumultuous history, from the fall of its last emperor, through the Communist Revolution,... See more
Former Health and Human Services Secretary and 2008 presidential candidate Tommy G. Thompson explains his idea of "... See more
Mao led the Chinese Communist Party to victory in the revolution of 1949 and began to transform the country on... See more
The major industrial nations, including the members of the OECD, as well as China, India, and Brazil, will agree to... See more

Pages