The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches From Syria

The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches From Syria In May Of , Janine Di Giovanni Travelled To Syria It Would Mark The Beginning Of A Long Relationship With The Country, Starting With Her Coverage Of The Peaceful Uprising And Continuing As The Situation Quickly Turned Into One Of The Most Brutal, Internecine Conflicts In Recent History Drawn To The Stories Of The Ordinary People Caught Up In The Conflict, Syria Came To Consume Her Every Moment, Her Every EmotionSpeaking To Those Directly Involved In The War, Di Giovanni Relays Here The Personal Stories Of Rebel Fighters Thrown In Jail At The Least Provocation Of Children And Families Forced To Watch Loved Ones Taken And Killed By Regime Forces With Dubious Justifications And The Stories Of The Elite, Holding Pool Parties In Damascus Hotels, Trying To Deny The Human Consequences Of The Nearby ShellingDelivered With Passion, Fearlessness And Sensitivity, The Morning They Came For Us Is An Unflinching Account Of A Nation On The Brink Of Disintegration, Charting An Apocalyptic But At Times Tender Story Of Life In A Jihadist War And An Unforgettable Testament To Human Resilience In The Face Of Devastating, Unimaginable Horrors

Janine di Giovanni is one of Europe s most respected and experienced reporters, with vast experience covering war and conflict Her reporting has been called established, accomplished brilliance and she has been cited as the finest foreign correspondent of our generation.Born in the US, she began reporting by covering the first Palestinian intifada in the late 1980s and went on to report nearl

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches From Syria
  • Janine Di Giovanni
  • English
  • 10 November 2019

10 thoughts on “The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches From Syria

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    I have very mixed feelings about this book I salute di Giovanni s courage for working in conflict zones, for trying her best to show the human side of these conflicts, and for empathizing not just with the civilian victims but the soldiers themselves who are dying on the front lines for a cause they often do not understand And if the focus had been entirely on the people of ravaged Syria, I think I would have respected this book Instead, I grew tired of the author s constant personal commentary and didactic asides This book too often felt less about Syria than about the author and whenever it did so, it felt like a misfire Near the end she writes, How different my life would have been had I never seen a mass grave or a truck with bodies, all dead, piled one on top of the other, their skin changing from the softness of the living to the leathery skin of the dead p 171 The AUTHOR S life would have been different This book is at its best when it s focused on those bodies in the truck, and who they were before they came to that lamentable end.

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    Everybody who thinks their country shouldn t take in refugees from Syria or complains about them not appearing to be desperate enough because they had the gull to bring their computer and are therefor too rich to be a proper refugee I dare to read this book I am so sick of people telling me they are scared of going to their Midwestern mall because of Terrorism and Trump is going to crack down on that, seriously, read this book or in case of the Trump supporter you should pick up a few history books and then tell me about fear and the compassion you are willing to lend or not The Morning They Came for Us is an extremely harrowing account of what living in war is like, living in a country that slowly gets radicalized, in a country that the rest of the world wouldn t help, living with the threat of torture and rape, death and destruction, living in Syria at this moment in time Di Giovanni has been a war journalist for years and she does a tremendous job in here This is not the book to read to be updated informed on the political, social and historical backgrounds of the current war, she touches on those but for that purpose I would look elsewhere This account looks at the personal, suffering side It shows how no matter if you are government or rebel supporter or an indifferent Syrian, they all suffer, they all are victims.As a war outsider most tend to think that there is a wrong and right side but life and this war in particular are not that simple, that was one insight I gained from that book I mean, when the city of Darayya got bombed no one knows which side did it, and the people just have to live with it.As you go on reading you will notice that Di Giovanni s presentation gets slightly personal but how could it not when you reach the point where a journalist friend s gets beheaded I am just getting in line with the from the rooftop shouters this reading experience will get you an echo of the horrors of war without suffering through them There is no one who should not read this.

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    This was one of my non fiction November reads and I have to say it was an interesting start I found the book compelling and horrible because of the tragedies it recounts Really, the war in Syria does sound very similar to some other horrors from humanity s past and I feel like it s madness we still have war ongoing, but for me this one was different because it was so brief Whilst I really liked the personal recounting of people s stories and the way the author tells them, I felt like I couldn t really get to know any one and so their stories didn t hit me as much as I had thought they would Don t get me wrong, these people have suffered a lot, but they also have so little of the book to show themselves and make you care that I just found the truly devastating sections shocking and the rest I felt a little detached from.I will say this book is a good intro to the war in Syria and gives an idea about why there is fighting and how it spread It s a non chronological book so the author jumps through time and rather groups things by places she visits over the years of the on going war For me, the lack of chronology was a little confusing, but I understood the stories of the people well enough even if not the time they all happened in relation to one another so much In the end I gave it 3 s because these are stories that deserve to be told, but I just wanted These people feel so fleeting and brief that they didn t alway feel real to me, and I wanted a tangible story and person to hold on to.

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    I wanted to abandon this book it was difficult to read because of the content My privilege and circumstance would have easily allowed me to return this book to the library unfinished, but I forced myself to continue reading, knowing that reading these stories is only a small step toward understanding the complexities of the Syrian civil war how insane the whole situation is for real people who are living it every single day.

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    It has been surreal and significant to read this book during the fall of Aleppo Over the last couple of days I have spent almost as much time listening to radio reports and reading online articles about the Syrian civil war as I spent reading this book As I write this I m hearing the BBC reporting that civilian evacuations have begun I become emotional while thinking about all this saddened, worried about what will eventually happen in Idlib where the refugees are being evacuated to , and also furious at the failures of the international community Di Giovanni s approach is also surprisingly emotional she writes in a very personal style that admits her own fear and compassion while at the same time imparts a lot of journalistic information and contextual background She is an excellent guide to the crisis The first half of the book shares personal accounts of horrifying torture and sexual violence, then the chapters begin to explore historical and political background By the end the book she has accumulated an account of how a civil war begins the switch from relative normality of life to wartime, through how different people recognize the shift and live through it or don t The chapter on besieged Aleppo in December 2012 was especially chilling to read that was exactly four years ago and the city s civilians and opposition fighters were already hungry and suffering, even then Are you truly incapable of shame Is there literally nothing that can shame you Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin Samantha Power s question to Russia, Iran, and Assad s regime before the UN Security Council a couple days ago.

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    This book was a disappointment, especially given Giovanni s distinguished background with reporting in war zones Don t get me wrong the research and interviews were amazing She was able to gather multiple viewpoints, both on the regime and opposition sides, and her range of coverage Latakia, Damascus, Homs, Darayya, Aleppo, Homs and Zabadani was impressive But the book itself was organized terribly, with stories coming in and out of chapters in no meaningful way Half the time, she would be reporting stories under a specific chapter, and the stories had nothing to do with that chapter s location It was confusing and disorienting.Not to mention, the book was like a diary of the author, rather than an objective report of what was going on in Syria She continuously offers her uninvited, unwanted, and completely biased opinion every now and then, to the point that it became annoying On pg 53, for example, she says But I could already feel that no one was protecting Syria, there were no angels, and that perhaps God had forsaken them Is she the one living through the war What business does she have commenting on whether or not God had abandoned Syria What if people still believe in God and have hope which most Syrians do Reading that line made me simply furious.I could offer PLENTY examples of places where the author inserts a personal bias, here and there, but I won t go there If you ve read the book, you probably know what I m talking about In short, the book could ve been written better, and in a objective way An utter disappointment Executed terribly.

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