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Title The Book Smugglers Of Darayya – A Secret Library In Syria
Country *country*
By *by*
Date Created *creation_date* Published *publishing_date*
Source *source*
Link * link*
Posted in Publications - Printed
Tags Awareness, Bombing, Darayya, Destruction, Dictator, Regime Forces, Siege

We used to laugh, saying: Oh God, let this school crumble, and it crumbled…

Written by Delphine Minoui.

Published by: SEUIL
Number of pages: 160
Publication date: 19/09/2017

According to source:
From 2012 to 2016, the rebel suburb of Darayya suffered a relentless siege imposed by Damascus. Four years of descent into hell, punctuated by barrel bombs, chemical gas attacks, and submission by starvation. Faced with the violence of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, some 40 Syrian revolutionary youths took the unusual challenge of exhuming thousands of works buried under the ruins and gather them in a clandestine library, hidden underground in the city.

Their resistance through books is an allegory of the absolute refusal of any form of political or religious domination. It embodies this third voice, between Damascus and Daash, born from the peaceful demonstrations at the beginning of the anti-Assad uprising in 2011, which the war today threatens to silence. This account, which is the result of a correspondence between a French journalist and these non-submissive activists, is a hymn to individual freedom, tolerance and the power of literature (more…)