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Allen Hibbard

The Train has Departed from Daraa: A Review of Ossama Mohammed's "Silvered Water: Syria Self-Portrait"

Ossama Mohammed andWiam Simav Bedrixan. Image from al-arab.co.uk

How do we begin to comprehend the enormity of the Syrian tragedy?  There are, to begin with, the staggering numbers. A New York Times piece published on Feb. 11, 2016 put the number of dead at 470,000, twice the number the preceding year. (I recall when the reports were that 100,000 had been killed in the Syrian conflict—and I thought that was incomprehensible.) Who are those who have died, why, what are their stories, and how does they affect us? People who know I ...

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