Syria’s Secret Library
Mike Thomson with the story of the library in a besieged Syrian town which is providing a lifeline to a community shattered by war.
Away from the sound of bombs and bullets, in the basement of a crumbling house in the besieged Syrian town of Darayya, is a secret library. It’s home to thousands of books rescued from bombed-out buildings by local volunteers, who daily brave snipers and shells to fill it’s shelves. In a town gripped by hunger and death after three years without food aid, Mike Thomson reveals how this literary sanctuary is proving a lifeline to a community shattered by war.
Produced by Michael Gallagher and translated by Mariam El Khalaf.
*Omar, the FSA soldier who was the last voice heard in this programme has been killed in fighting*
(Photo: Omar Abu Anas, a Free Syrian Army soldier reads on the front line)