Episode Three: Samira Al Khalil and the #Douma4

In this third episode, Joey speaks with Sarah Hunaidi, our co-host and the translator of Samira Al-Khalil's diaries into English. Samira Al-Khalil is a Syrian dissident who was first arrested by the Assad regime and imprisoned from 1987 to 1991 for belonging to an opposition Communist party. When the revolution broke out in 2011, she helped organise various activities to protest the Syrian regime. On December 9th, 2011, Samira was kidnapped by the rebel group Jaysh Al Islam in Eastern Ghouta along with her friends and fellow activists at the Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC): Razan Zeitouneh, Wael Hamada, & Nazem Hammadi, themselves respected actors in their own rights. Five years later, on December 9th, 2018, Eastern Ghouta has been 'evacuated' (a euphemism for ethnic cleansing)and the four activists' fate - since known as the Douma Four - remains uncertain. The Diaries will be coming out in English in 2019. An associated blog-post to this podcast episode will be posted on HummusForThought.com in the coming days. You can support this project on Hummus For Thought's Patreon page www.patreon.com/hummusforthought