How can we help the Syrians?

War reporter Rania Abouzeid secretly went into Syria and stayed there for several years. No Turning Back is the story of four Syrians and three cities, and the story of a defeat.

Borri is a war correspondent and writes regularly for MODERN TIMES.
Published: November 1, 2018
No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria
Author: Rania Abouzeid
Publisher: WW Norton & Company, USA

In war, the dead are just numbers, in Syria they are not even there: the air strikes are too merciless, too dangerous, the UN explained in 2013. Verifying sources became an overly complicated task, so instead of stopping the war, the organization stopped counting the dead.

Analysts have tracked down 500 000 dead. Others say the figure is more than double that. Others say nothing, like Assad. Some say that the dead are exhibition docks.

Australian journalist Rania Abouzeid has reported from Syria for all the major newspapers. With her Arab ancestry, she has been able to move around relatively unnoticed, and thus been able to penetrate deeper into the country than us western reporters. And in …

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