What would you do to protect your freedom? Would you risk your reputation? Undergo interrogation, detainment, and abuse? Would you continue even when your friends and colleagues started going missing? Continue despite the threats? Would you leave everything behind, leave the only home you’ve ever known, before silencing yourself? A theater director, a dentist, and a university student, three generations of Syrian citizens, became dissidents under the Assad family’s rule, forced to flee Syria by a government that wanted to silence them. In We Are Syrians, Naila Al-Atrash, Radwan Ziadeh, and Sana Mustafa share their harrowing accounts about working to protect freedom of expression under an authoritarian government. While these are individual stories of courage and defiance, together they tell the larger story of the Syrian conflict and the conditions that brought about the worst humanitarian crisis in recent history.
"Compelling narratives that reveal a grave disillusionment with the world’s responses to the Syrian crisis."
"This compelling, clear-eyed book should help ordinary Americans to empathize with the plight of Syrians today."
Naila Al Atrash is a director, film, television and theatre actress, acting teacher, and theatre scholar.
Radwan Ziadeh is a scholar at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), a senior fellow at the United States Institute for Peace, and a Dubai Initiative associate at the John F.Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Sana Mustafa is the Associate Director of Partnership and Engagement at Asylum Access, an international organization works on challenging legal barriers that keep refugees from living safely, moving freely, working and attending school.
Adam Braver is the author of five novels. He is on faculty and a writer-in-residence at Roger Williams University.
Abby DeVeuve earned her B.A. at Roger Williams University, where she had the opportunity to connect with the Scholars at Risk Network and case-mind for an imprisoned Iranian chemist. She currently works at Cengage Learning, an educational technology/publishing company in Boston.