Born to Palestinian refugees, Kassem Eid grew up within the small city of Moadamiya at the outskirts of the traditional urban of Damascus. The streets that he and his many siblings performed on have been perfumed with jasmine. A precocious baby, he excelled in school, and had a common reward for languages. however it did not take lengthy for Kassem to grasp that he was once taken care of in a different way in class as a result of his family's resistance to the brutal executive regime.
When Bashar al-Assad succeeded his father in 2000, hopes that he might ease its severity have been speedily beaten. whilst the 2011 Arab Spring protests in Syria have been met with severe violence, it was once one more blow – and as Kassem reached younger maturity, existence in Syria grew to become more and more precarious, because the nation spiralled into civil war.
Then, on 21 August 2013, Kassem approximately died in a sarin gasoline assault that killed hundreds and hundreds of civilians. Later that day, he may decide up a gun for the 1st time, to affix the unfastened Syrian military as they fought govt forces. For Kassem, this marked the instant that he and his state replaced endlessly.
A searing account of oppression, conflict, survival and get away, My Country is either a courageous and deeply felt memoir of 1 man's lifestyles, in addition to a compelling indictment of a global that became its face away as a country fell apart.
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