FP Virtual Podcast Launch: Syria’s Lost Generation
FP Virtual Podcast Launch: Syria’s Lost Generation
The real cost of Syria’s decade-long war
Foreign Policy hosted a dynamic conversation to mark the release of our new podcast series: Syria’s Lost Generation.
Syria has been torn apart by war for a decade. A staggering number of deaths and refugees and re-escalating violence provide a grim accounting of the international community’s failure to bring the conflict to a peaceful resolution. The UN has registered 5.6 million Syrian refugees globally, with another 6.2 million internally displaced, at least half of them are children. As many outside actors apply pressure on different sides of the conflict, peace remains elusive, leaving a generation of children knowing only war, destruction and extreme poverty.
Syria’s Lost Generation, the new original podcast series by FP Studios, in partnership with World Vision and the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) Foundation, tracks the real cost of this decade-long war. Through the voices and stories of young Syrians displaced by war, we gain a sobering look at the devastating impacts of the conflict but also hope-inspiring lessons of resilience and opportunities to support paths to recovery. Tune in to hear first-hand perspectives from survivors, aid workers and advocates working to bring the world’s attention to this ongoing conflict and campaigning for humanitarian support and peace.
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Youth Ambassador, World Vision
Hussam Alhraki is a 21 year old World Vision youth ambassador and Syrian refugee who currently lives in Germany. He fled Syria with his family in 2014 after a bomb was dropped o...
Hussam Alhraki is a 21 year old World Vision youth ambassador and Syrian refugee who currently lives in Germany. He fled Syria with his family in 2014 after a bomb was dropped on his school during his end of year exams. After a harrowing journey he arrived in Jordan and lived in Azraq refugee camp for a year and a half. There, he taught himself English using a mobile phone. He left Azraq camp and lived in the Jordanian city of Irbid for a short while, where he taught himself German, again using his phone. He arrived in Germany in 2016 and returned to education. Inspired by his friend, actor Liam Cunningham, whom he met when Liam visited Jordan with World Vision, Hussam also took up acting in Germany and played the lead role in an independent movie HALBNAH. He will take his final high school exams this year, after which, he plans to go to university, start a YouTube channel and open an online shop. Hussam recently married Veronika Nechaeva and looks forward to life together as a young married couple. He aims to be rich by the time he is 30 so that he can help his people and his home country, Syria.
Dr. Farida Almouslem
OBGYN from Syria
Dr. Farida Almouslem, an OB/GYN, was the last remaining female obstetrician in besieged eastern Aleppo. Originally from Aleppo, she studied at Aleppo University and w...
Dr. Farida Almouslem, an OB/GYN, was the last remaining female obstetrician in besieged eastern Aleppo. Originally from Aleppo, she studied at Aleppo University and worked primarily at the largest trauma facility in East Aleppo, nicknamed 'M2.' During the siege, she performed surgeries under extreme conditions, delivering babies with no electricity, successfully completing a cesarean section even as aerial bombardment sent pieces of the hospital's crumbling ceiling into her patient's abdomen. She witnessed and treated victims of chemical attacks, even completing a cesarean section in the midst of a chemical attack on her hospital. Dr. Farida played an instrumental role in training midwives and nurses in response to the shortage of medical personnel in the besieged city. She has previously testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was a featured speaker at the 2018 TedMed Conference in Palm Springs, CA. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.
Dr. Maher Azzouz
Foundation Chair, SAMS
Dr. Maher Azzouz is the Chairman of the Syrian American Medical Society Foundation. In this capacity, he oversees SAMS medical relief operations in Syria and neighboring count...
Dr. Maher Azzouz is the Chairman of the Syrian American Medical Society Foundation. In this capacity, he oversees SAMS medical relief operations in Syria and neighboring countries. He has chaired and organized SAMS medical conferences, led medical missions to Jordan, and helped establish SAMS domestic community outreach program. In addition to his role at SAMS, he is a practicing physician in Ohio, and previously served as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Ohio State University. He is a graduate of the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine.
Actor and World Vision Ambassador
Liam Cunningham is an Irish actor. He is best known for playing Davos Seaworth in the HBO epic-fantasy series Game of Thrones. Cunningham has been nominated for the L...
Liam Cunningham is an Irish actor. He is best known for playing Davos Seaworth in the HBO epic-fantasy series Game of Thrones. Cunningham has been nominated for the London Film Critics' Circle Award, the British Independent Film Award, has won two Irish Film & Television Awards, and shared a BAFTA with Michael Fassbender, for their crime-drama short film Pitch Black Heist.
Executive Editor for News and Podcasts, Foreign Policy
Dan Ephron is the executive editor for news and podcasts at Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, he spent 13 years at Newsweek, where he served as Je...
Dan Ephron is the executive editor for news and podcasts at Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, he spent 13 years at Newsweek, where he served as Jerusalem bureau chief, deputy Washington bureau chief, and national security correspondent. His book, Killing a King, about the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, won a Los Angeles Times Book Award and was chosen by both the New York Times and Washington Post as one of 2015’s 100 notable books.
Filmmaker and Activist
Waad al-Kateab is a Syrian activist and award-winning filmmaker. She became a citizen journalist in 2011, after protests broke out across Syria against the Assad regime. In Janu...
Waad al-Kateab is a Syrian activist and award-winning filmmaker. She became a citizen journalist in 2011, after protests broke out across Syria against the Assad regime. In January 2016 she began documenting the horrors of Aleppo for Channel 4 News in a series titled, “Inside Aleppo” which received an International Emmy for breaking news coverage. Waad’s first feature documentary, For Sama, documented her life over five years in Aleppo. The film, directed with Edward Watts, received worldwide critical acclaim, winning numerous awards, including the Prix L'Oeill d'or for best documentary at Cannes Film Festival, Best Documentary at the BAFTAs and a nomination for Best Documentary Feature at the 2020 Academy Awards. Waad has also received several personal recognitions for her work as an activist and filmmaker, including the IDA Courage Under Fire Award and a place in the 2020 Time100 List of Most Influential People.
December 2016, Waad, her husband, and their two daughters now reside in London, United Kingdom. Waad continues to work with Channel 4 News, is a mentor for the Marie Colvin Journalist Network and the International Center for Journalists, and dedicates time to her advocacy campaign, Action For Sama.
President and CEO, World Vision International
Andrew has been President and CEO of World Vision International since 2018. He was previously CEO of Clear Channel Advertising UK and a Global Trustee at Christian Aid, and has ...
Andrew has been President and CEO of World Vision International since 2018. He was previously CEO of Clear Channel Advertising UK and a Global Trustee at Christian Aid, and has held senior/CEO positions in Google Mobility Motorola Mobile, Sky Television, Cable and Wireless, Harrods Group and Ford. Andrew spent much of his career in international assignments, and has lived and worked in Africa, Australia, France, Germany, Singapore and the United States. Andrew spoke on behalf of children and civil society on the floor of the UN General Assembly, meets regularly with global leaders and policy makers, and is a passionate advocate for ensuring every child has the chance to live a life free from fear, and full of promise. Andrew has a First Class Degree in Marketing and a Degree in Theology from Durham University, is an ordained minister in the Anglican Church and is a Vicar at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) in London.
Operations Director, World Vision Lebanon
Rami currently is the Operations Director for World Vision Lebanon, overseeing the organization’s development and relief work reaching nearly 300,000 children last year alone....
Rami currently is the Operations Director for World Vision Lebanon, overseeing the organization’s development and relief work reaching nearly 300,000 children last year alone. He is currently leading World Vision’s responses to the Beirut explosion and COVID-19, in addition to the conflict in Syria. Rami has worked in relief and development for more than 12 years, previously holding roles in national NGOs, organizations and networks in Lebanon. Rami is trainer in conflict transformation, active citizenship, communication, negotiation and mediation, needs assessment, municipal work, youth engagement in public life, profound stress. He holds a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Computer and Communication Engineering and lives in Beirut with his family.
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