Covering the Conflict and Unspoken Crimes in Syria

Monday, August 12, 2013

Syrians rally outside the US Embassy in Amman to demand a US military intervention. (KHALIL MAZRAAWI/Getty)

Janine di Giovanni discusses covering the conflict in Syria and talks about reports that rape has become an epidemic in Syria and in refugee camps as both sides seek to de-stabilize, frighten, and ruin the other. But unearthing the stories is difficult, and often impossible, because women in Syria face dire political, personal, and familiar consequences if they admit to being victims. Her article “Syria’s Unspoken Crimes” appears in the August issue of Vanity Fair. She’s also the author of Ghosts by Daylight: Love, War, and Redemption.


Janine di Giovanni

Comments [6]

Taher from Croton on Hudson

garbuz from Queens, your racism is right there. Who slaughtered millions of Jews and many other Europeans in recent times? People from Mars? No Europeans. 1939-1945

Aug. 12 2013 12:51 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

What’s the point of the guest’s article? Yes civilian suffer horribly in war. It took Bill Clinton after the Rwanda fiasco to get some spine and bomb Serb positions in and out of Serbia to force a peace.
How dose this guest article change foreign policy by weak and rather incompetent President Obama.

Aug. 12 2013 12:48 PM
Jean Marie Offenbacher from Manhattan

Many people with whom I remain in contact in Syria are furious about the flow of weapons from all sources into their country. They ask, "who do they think these weapons kill?"
Our State Department has only engaged in insulting speeches more befitting to street fights then diplomacy, all of which reveals a their racist belief that religious violence is an a priori condition of being Arab. If this conflict were happening in France, would we have so quickly discussed arming the opposition as our only option at intervention. The more any group is propped up militarily, the less likely a diplomatic solution.

Aug. 12 2013 12:45 PM
stuart from NYC

Across Forbidden Border, Doctors in Israel Quietly Tend to Syria’s Wounded:

Aug. 12 2013 12:29 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Nothing new here. Arab Muslims have been kidnapping and taking hostages for many centuries. It's why Jefferson took the US to war against the Barbary pirates in 1805.

Aug. 12 2013 12:11 PM
Ed from Larchmont

The whole place is in terror and distress, in all ways.

Aug. 12 2013 08:14 AM

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