15 May 2017
Alumna and Syria campaigner to give a talk this May
Bissan Fakih currently works in Beirut as the Deputy Campaign Director for The Syria Campaign.
Passionate about sharing her experiences and the stories of others, Bissan is set to return to Loughborough University to give a talk in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations entitled “Syria – A personal assessment from Beirut”.
Following her experiences as a solidarity activist in Syria, she will share some of the feelings and thoughts that were present at the beginning of the Syrian uprising in 2011 that has since led to war and devastation in the country.
The talk will encompass an insight into some of the “ordinary heroes” who Bissan has worked with, including those who have been trapped between the Syrian regime and Isis. She will raise some important questions for discussion and debate including the successes and failures of the uprising and whether there can still be hope six years on.
The talk and discussion will be followed by a screening of the Oscar-winning film, The White Helmets.
The Syria Campaign was launched in 2014 and aims to mobilise people to progress towards a peaceful and democratic future. As Deputy Director for the campaign, Bissan works closely with other members of the charity to raise awareness, create communications materials and run large-scale campaigns to elevate the voices of Syrians.
Bissan studied at Loughborough between 2007 and 2010 and graduated with a degree in International Relations.
The talk will take place on Wednesday 24 May, 1pm-4pm, U.020, Brockington Building, Loughborough University campus. To book onto her talk, please email Robert Knight.
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