Reading personal testimonials can bring to life the human dimension of cruel conflicts, says author Wendy Pearlman whose book, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled, presents firsthand interviews with Syrian refugees in eight different countries. Long treated as pawns in a proxy international conflict, Syrian civilians deserve a chance to present their own narratives about the Syrian conflict.
The personal stories of ordinary Syrians have all too often been ignored or distorted by the media to exploit their suffering and serve an agenda. In a heart-wrenching and enlightening new book, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled, Syrians speak for themselves, sharing their memories of war and displacement with Wendy Pearlman and thus, with readers. Order your copy by making a donation to Truthout today!
Through their personal narratives, Wendy Pearlman tells the story of Syrian refugees and those persecuted in Syria. Pearlman is optimistic that in the end, the valiant will of the Syrian people will triumph over an oppressive regime and the use of Syrian civilians as pawns in a proxy international conflict.
Mark Karlin: How did you decide to tell the story of the Syrian crisis through the voices of refugees?
Wendy Pearlman: I am a great believer in personal testimonials as a way of honoring how ordinary people make history in general, and bringing to life the human dimension of cruel conflicts, in particular. My first book, Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada, was a collection of interviews that I conducted with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the …read more