While compatriots took up arms against the army of Bashar al-Assad, Palestinian Syrian Kassem Eid resolved to make his contribution via journalism and advocacy. The Government’s chemical attack on the people of Ghouta changed that. Kassem’s haunting eyewitness account of al-Assad’s Sarin gas attack in August 2013 was published by The New York Times and spawned his powerful memoir, My Country, a condemnation of a brutal war and a world that tolerated it.
Kassem Eid is a Syrian refugee, human rights activist, writer and author of the memoir My Country.
Jon Jureidini is a child psychiatrist who heads Adelaide University’s Critical and Ethical Mental Health research group and the Paediatric Mental Health Training Unit. He is chair of Australian-Palestinian Partnerships in Education and Health.