We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled Voices from Syria Reader ô 352 pages ☆ Wendy pearlman

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We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled Voices from Syria Reader ô 352 pages ☆ Wendy pearlman ☆ LONG LISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDALReminiscent of the work of Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a LONG LISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDALReminiscent of the work of Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution war and flightAgainst the backdrop of the wave of demonstrations known as the Arab Spring in 2011 hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom democracy and human rights The government’s ferocious response and the ref This book can be difficult to read but it's so powerful Pearlman interviewed over 300 Syrian refugees over four years and compiles their stories in this book If you want to better understand the conflict in Syria this book is excellent Note I interviewed Pearlman about this book and you can check it out here

Epub Ù We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled Voices from Syria ☆ Wendy Pearlman

Ears across the Middle East and Europe We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled is a breathtaking mosaic of first hand testimonials from the frontlines Some of the testimonies are several pages long elouent narratives that could stand alone as short stories; others are only a few sentences poetic and aphoristic Together they cohere into an unforgettable chronicle that is not only a testament to the power of storytelling but to the strength of those who face darkness with hope courage and moral conviction Many times I heard or saw comments on Facebook with Faith in Humanity restored What does that have to do with a book about Syria? I will tell you what I think it has to do with it I think it is shallow There one word covering all that I think about Busdriver helping mom with pram into the bus Yes? You could have done that as well? Even I have to admit that l like to read them that it brings little smiles to my face but then when a read a book like this my smile disappears again for a bit I don't want to say it's bad to enjoy the little things in life such as the twitter messages of faith in Humanity restored But it would be nice if we all took a step like that if we were all trying to change the faith in Humanity I have wanted to write for so long about things I see on Social Media that make me wonder why? Why do you do this? Hate messages spread so easily and to be honest 90% of the time they are not even right And the reason why I needed to read this book was to understand things so much better and I am already trying to see the world from a neutral angle not just me but the world Yet I wanted to read this book to get a better understanding I will never understand completely what it feels like and I am also not saying that I want that But the hypocritical comments of Facebook need to tone down I do have to admit that in the last years I do not bump into these posts as much maybe Facebook changed maybe I am just there less to see them Which can be pretty accurate as I deleted the app on my phone to just hang out with the real world some and to not look at all the predisposed posts Facebook or other platforms on social media make it so easy to immediately give an opinion and I agree that is okay after all we especially in The Netherlands have freedom of speech Why not use it? Because even if we have an opinion I do support very badly to state facts over your opinions Form an opinion over the right facts You see when I had my internship for the Council of Refugee there was this immigrant crisis and the hate spreading on Facebook let's say it in Facebook style It was cry able Blaming the Syrians that there were no houses for the Dutch blaming them as if they were criminals The news totally jumping into that So to read the other point of view the one that should matter the most it's cry able in a different way It hurts me to realize what people had to go through and I wasn't even there It's sadness and I wasn't even there These people had to go through so much while someone in the Western world someone in Europe is sitting on his or her ass complaining on Facebook Well excuse you imagine what it is to leave everything behind while you just want to stay home This writing is what made it best different voices chained together in a unison voice because it’s the same It’s one country it’s their home It would be nice if this could be their home too We speak about Democracy in my country as if it is a bad thing surely not all but a big part does That the European Union is a bad thing I would like for all those people that think that to come with a solution what’s better than Democracy? Would we like a dictator? Someone that uses every other way to keep the reign for our country and to just do whatever he or she thinks it’s best? Just watching innocent people die or get tortured? I think democracy might not be bad might need an upgrade every now or then but that still makes it democracy And if you do not blame democracy but the European Union in general try to come up with a solution yourself for the immigrant crisis Because people are still out there waiting for the procedure to start normally it would be 8 days now it might be closer to one and a half year Is it so much to ask to look outside your own box outside your own house province state and see with open eyes what is going on? You don’t have to come up with a solution you just take that one step and become your own Faith in Humanity restored

Wendy Pearlman ☆ We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled Voices from Syria Epub

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled Voices from SyriaUsal of the demonstrators to back down sparked a brutal civil war that over the past five years has escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our timesYet despite all the reporting the video and the wrenching photography the stories of ordinary Syrians remain unheard while the stories told about them have been distorted by broad brush dread and political expediency This fierce and poignant collection changes that Based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Syrians conducted over four y Today the word refugee is used in a horrible way It's something either to be pitied or blamed for everything Overpopulation? It's the refugees Rents going up? It's the refugees Crime? It's the refugees If you label people refugees they remain refugees for the rest of their lives For that reason the organization I work with here doesn't use this word Instead we say newcomers After a while they are no longer newcomers just members of societyp272Occasionally I read a book that explains a political situation better than any history book possibly could do First forever and always was Dear America Letters Home from Vietnam ed by Bernard Edelman The second is this oneWhen you talk to people who have lived through something or you read their letters or their personal accounts you learn about a situation or an event and the circumstances surrounding it than any other way unless maybe you lived through it yourselfPearlman a political science professor at Northwestern University spent a great deal of time traveling observing and talking with people throughout the Middle East This book in particular gives voice to the many voiceless Syrians who lived through the violence that took place in Syria in 2011 2012 It's an incredible collection of voices covering a lot of different life experiences before during and after the revolution doctors teachers FSA fighters engineers mothers students artists The point is that this happened to everyone not the rich not the poor not the men not the women EveryoneOften a difficult book to read in particular the detailed descriptions of tortures that many of the people Pearlman talked to experienced it's also an incredibly important book to read even now in 2018 when just recently Syrians suffered a violent chemical attackWhile I would have liked to have seen even voices of Syrian women I think Pearlman did an alright job at portraying a wide variety of voices to help show a wide perspective of the eventsWe were a huge gathering of than one hundred thousand people People came from all over the Damascus suburbs from Douma Harasta Zamalka Kafr Batna I remember we crossed a bridge and it trembled underneath our feet because we were so many peoplep86Just a word I highly recommend reading the Introduction in the beginning before delving into the rest of the book I know people are all anti Introductions because of spoilers but unless you know every single detail of the history of the political issues in Syria you will appreciate reading it before you get into the personal accounts because it details so much that is sadly not as commonly known by many of usTl;dr Talk less listen Many people aren't happy with the refugees coming to their country Maybe we came illegally but every other door was shut in our faces What do they expect us to do? Isn't it enough our government destroyed us and we lost everything? We would prefer to stay in our country If you don't want refugees help us make peacep273