Every Place is Khalidiya

Jennifer Mackenzie at Killing the Buddha depicts her experience as an undercover journalist in Syria. Writing about her trip to the grave of Dr. Ali Shariati, a revolutionary, in Damascus, Mackenzie examines the complicated roots of the war, as well as the public sentiment and affiliations of the Syrian people. A Syrian friend of Mackenzie’s says, “Freedom and democracy, they are beautiful ideas. But we don’t understand much about democracy. People here understand dignity. What moves them most is blood.” 

Read at Killing the Buddha

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