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Two Years of the Syria Story

Duration:
28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 16 March 2013

A fresh look at the global news from across the World Service's 27 language sections, with presenter David Amanor.

Friday 15th March marks two years since the start of the uprising in Syria. It was the start of a dramatic change in the story of the country and for Syrians working for the BBC Arabic service they and their families started living the news.This weekend the Fifth Floor focuses on the work of those journalists who for the last two years have been telling the story of Syria.

THE BBC'S MAN IN DAMASCUS
Assaf Abboud is the BBC's only person permanently based in Damascus and has lived through all two years of the conflict. He brings us a 'sound picture' of a week in the city and talks about reporting the conflict from within.

REFUGEES: THE FALL OUT IN LEBANON
Carine Torbey has been reporting the influx of Syrian refugees to neighbouring Lebanon since the start of the crisis. It's a story she has told often but still feels is unreported.

MUSTAFA RETURNS HOME
In December last year Mustafa Hamo returned to Syria, not to work but to see his Mum. He describes the Syria he found and the conditions that people are living in.

SONGS FROM THE STREETS: TWO YEARS OF PROTEST CHANTS
Wael Tamimi looks at the protest chants that have come out of Syria over the last two years and the ever changing story they tell of the revolution

REPORTING THE CONFLICT
Edgard Jallad is an Editor at BBC Arabic TV. He joins us to talk about the challenges and surprises of reporting Syria. With a divided audience and personal journeys in the newsroom, how do you sail a steady ship while events continue to unfold?


(Image: Syrian Flag Credit: Getty Images )

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