Author and Middle East cultural expert Diana Darke and Syrian artist and archaeologist Zahed Tajeddin both own properties in Syria. Since the civil-war erupted in 2011 their properties have faced constant threat – Diana’s (Damascus), from war profiteers and Zahed’s, (Aleppo) from relentless shelling and the destruction of his neighbourhood. Over the last 6 years both have regularly travelled back to Syria, not only to protect their property, but to actively help Syrians in desperate need of support. Diana’s serves as a refuge for displaced friends.
The event will offer the opportunity for both individuals to recount their links to Syria, discuss the challenges facing the Syrian population and highlight the threat and destruction of Syria’s historic monuments and sites. This is a rare chance for a UK audience to hear real and up to date accounts on what is really going on in present day Syria. Supported by photographs and with a Q&A session with the audience, the event will aim to highlight the plight of both the population and the country’s heritage.