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Flight, Destruction, Torture – The Syrian Humanitarian Crisis

THIRD EPISODE of the five-part online event series „Syria – The war on Europe’s doorstep“, Start: 17:30h / 5.30 pm



More than half of the Syrian population was forced to flee their home. Half a Million died and around 13 Million Syrians – approx. two-third of the people how stayed in the country – are dependent on humanitarian aid. Therefore, many describe the Syrian war as one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 21st century. The situation of the thousands of prisoners and the civilians holding out in Idlib province, is in particular, devastating: • What can be done to prevent further suffering? Start: 17:30h / 5.30 pm (MESZ)

Third episode of the five-part online event series „Syria – The war on Europe’s doorstep“.

The event takes place via Zoom. After registration you will receive further information and an access link one day before the event.




Freitag, 03.07.2020
17:30 Uhr
moderated discussion

Jomana Qaddour, Head of Syria portfolio and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Washington D.C.

Nadim Houry, Executive Director of the Arab Reform Initiative and former Head of Human Rights Watch’s Terrorism/Counter Terrorism Program, Paris (confirmed)

Moderation/Presentation: Thomas Müller-Färber


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Nadim Houry
Nadim Houry is the executive director of the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI), a leading think tank on the Middle East and North Africa region. Prior to ARI, Nadim was at Human Rights Watch (HRW) for 13 years where he started and ran HRW’s Beirut office for a decade before taking on the role of director of HRW’s Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Program. During his time at HRW, he oversaw work on Syria, as well as other MENA countries. He has published widely and is often quoted in local and international media. A passionate advocate for change in the region, he has addressed the Security Council and the European Parliament on challenges in the Arab world. A lawyer by training, Nadim worked in the UN as Deputy Counsel for the Volcker Commission which conducted investigations into allegations of corruption into the Oil-for-Food Program in Iraq.
Jomana Qaddour
Jomana Qaddour is a nonresident senior fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center and Middle East Programs, where she leads the Syria portfolio. Jomana is currently a member of the UN-facilitated Syrian Constitutional Committee, as part of the Civil Society Group. She is the co-founder of Syria Relief & Development, a humanitarian organization working in northwest Syria that has implemented over $92 million worth of aid; she also serves as Vice Chairwoman of the American Relief Coalition for Syria, an umbrella group of 10 Syrian American humanitarian organizations. Previously, she worked for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, the Caerus Associates, the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy, and for the international law firm Winston & Strawn.