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The second reading from our Al Hakawati series, comes from broadcaster and journalist, Mishal Husain, who you may recognize from the Today programme on Radio 4 amongst others. She has chosen to read an extract from 'The Battle for Home' by Syrian architect Marwa al-Sabouni. The book provides a gripping account of living and working in war-torn Syria, and the role architecture plays in whether a community crumbles or comes together. We are extremely grateful to Mishal for taking part and agreeing to be one of our storytellers; to Marwa al-Sabouni and her publishers Thames & Hudson for letting us include this extract and to Nick MacDonald for editing.
We hope you enjoy listening and if you do, please consider making a donation to the Hands Up Foundation online here.
While the world rightly focusses on COVID-19, it is so important that we do not forget those suffering in other ways. Hands Up funds vital health and education services in northern Syria and Lebanon. These services don't only provide schooling and care for patients, they also promote stability and hope. Any donation you feel able to give will make a difference. Thank you.