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The most we could dream of was to wake up in the morning and discover we weren t buried beneath rubble, or that we had avoided having our heads cut off at the hands of ISIS Page 253This is so powerful and heartbreaking Makes me understand about what really happens in Syria Samar Yazbek s bravery and her mission to give voice from the voiceless reminds me of Marie Colvin, a woman war journalist that died in Syria when reporting I will always pray that someday Syria will be free, the regime will fell and the victims who died goes to heaven Aamiin. 2011 1.5 . Este n o um livro de leitura f cil, n o s pelo tema tratado, mas tamb m pela forma como apresentado e, no meu caso particular, pela minha ignor ncia de base relativamente ao conflito s rio.O livro consiste numa s rie de relatos de visitas de Samar Yazbek, uma jornalista s ria for ada ao ex lio pelo regime de Bashar al Assad, ao seu pa s natal O t tulo refere se s tr s travessias clandestinas da fronteira entre a Turquia e a S ria, empreendidas pela autora entre 2012 e 2013.S o relatos dispersos, que incluem experi ncias de estadias com fam lias que a acolheram durante a sua estadia, entrevistas com guerrilheiros maioritariamente do Ex rcito Livre da S ria , e experi ncias de coopera o com redes de ativistas, para implementar projectos educativos para crian as cujas escolas foram destru das e para ajudar mulheres na maior parte vi vas de guerra a desenvolver pequenos neg cios que lhes permitam sustentar se a si e aos seus filhos.No in cio tive alguma dificuldade em adaptar me ao car cter fragment rio da narrativa A geografia desconhecida, a profus o de diferentes grupos armados cujos nomes dava comigo a confundir constantemente, e o portugu s pouco fluido, provavelmente resultado de dificuldades de tradu o de uma l ngua bastante diferente da nossa, tamb m n o ajudaram Mas a partir de cerca do primeiro ter o do livro, ou porque me habituei, ou porque o texto se tornou mais acess vel e os intervenientes mais familiares, comecei a apreciar melhor a leitura.As principal ideia que retive foi o desalento da popula o pela transforma o daquilo que come ou como uma revolta pac fica contra um regime opressor, numa guerra sem precedentes As retalia es contra manifestantes desarmados durante a Revolta S ria, levaram cria o do Ex rcito Livre da S ria, inicialmente formado por civis e militares desertores do Ex rcito S rio, que se recusaram a disparar contra os manifestantes Durante o per odo coberto por este livro, a zona norte da S ria, libertada do regime de Assad pelo Ex rcito Livre, foi sendo paulatinamente invadida por guerrilheiros fundamentalistas estrangeiros, como a Frente Al Nusra, aliada al Quaeda, e o Estado Isl mico.O livro termina em 2013, antes de os russos terem entrado na guerra em apoio a Assad, sob o pretexto de prestarem aux lio contra os grupos do Estado Isl mico, e antes, claro est , dos recentes bombardeamentos americanos, franceses e ingleses, em protesto contra os ataques qu micos lan ados contra civis.Na grande confus o que se encontra instalada neste pa s, apenas tenho uma coisa como certa que as pobres popula es civis continuam a sofrer, tanto as que conseguem fugir como refugiadas, como as que se v m for adas a permanecer no pa s.N o foi, portanto, uma leitura f cil, mas foi uma leitura que valeu a pena. This was a country in name only, sliced up into areas controlled by rival military brigades, all of them submitting to the absolute power of a murderous sky But here we carried on with life, regardless Families plodded on, eking out a living under the lethal sky, among the barbarisms of the extremist battalions Samar Yazbeck is an Alawite Syrian journalist, living in exile in France This book details her experiences on the three separate occasions in 2012 2013 when she crosses back into her home country to bear witness to what is happening there She stays with and interviews ordinary women and men, journalists and leaders of military brigades She shows great courage and compassion As you would expect, this is not an easy read It is eye opening, distressing, shocking and absolutely heart breaking An important book to help understand the war in Syria, sadly still very relevant today. o podcast 26 Ex Libris I really think The Crossing is a modern political classic a visceral reminder of what humanity can do, as well as a direct charge to all of us outside of Syria to pay attention and realise how complicit our governments are in what is happening Heartbreaking, hard to read, beautifully written and incredibly moving, I will not forget The Crossing and Yazbek s haunting and honest prose for a long time Essential reading. .READ EPUB ⚔ بوابات أرض العدم ♍ ONE OF THE FIRST POLITICAL CLASSICS OF THE St CENTURY Observer EXTRAORDINARILY POWERFUL, POIGNANT AND AFFECTING I WAS GREATLY MOVED Michael PalinFOREWORD BY CHRISTINA LAMBJournalist Samar Yazbek Was Forced Into Exile By Assad S Regime When The Uprising In Syria Turned To Bloodshed, She Was Determined To Take Action And Secretly Returned Several Times The Crossing Is Her Rare, Powerful And Courageous Testament To What She Found Inside The Borders Of Her HomelandFrom The First Peaceful Protests For Democracy To The Arrival Of ISIS, She Bears Witness To Those Struggling To Survive, To The Humanity That Can Flower Amidst Annihilation, And Why So Many Are Now Desperate To Flee Mocny tekst Dzi ki autorce i jej podr om do Syrii w trakcie rewolucji widzimy, jak nadzieje umieraj , a walk przejmuje kto inny, ni j rozpocz , z zupe nie innymi celami Du e poczucie beznadziei podczas czytania Po sko czeniu czuj , e konflikt w Syrii potrwa jeszcze d ugo.Za ksi k wzi em si podczas podr y na Cypr Siedz c na pla y i patrz c w stron odleg ej o par set kilometr w Syrii czu em si nieco surrealistycznie Tutaj ca kowity spok j i urlopowy klimat, niedaleko st d dzia y si opisywane tam wydarzenia.W polskim wydaniu jest bardzo dobry wst p Piotra Balcerowicza, kt ry przeprowadza nas przez wszystkie grupy, kt re walcz w tym konflikcie Wa ne i przydatne do dalszej lektury. Heartbreaking I have no words that could do justice describing the horrors that have happened in Syria A beautiful country with an ancient history, it got thrown into ruins in the blink of an eye While I cannot claim to know the whole story or even decide who is in the right, all I can say is that I felt guilt, sadness, anger, frustration, helplessness, disgust and horror when I read Samar s descriptions of the plight of Syrians All they wanted was peace and to live their lives, but instead, all they know now is bloodshed and death I feel silly to even think reading Samar s words and shedding tears could bring me closer to the pain those embroiled in the conflict feel My empathy if anything is shamefully temporary, as I have not experienced the wretchedness of a life like this first hand If anything, her account has made me feel blessed for living in a safe country, free of war At the same time, I feel helpless for having no ability to stop or change anything happening to this once glorious country My heart goes out to all Syrians, and while I know this won t mean much or even anything at all , my prayers are with you, and I hope you ll know peace as I do in your homeland one day.