The Morning They Came For Us

Dispatches from Syria

Four years ago – in the infancy of Syria's civil war – Janine di Giovanni traveled to Syria on assignment for the New York Times. That trip became the first of many as conflict in the region escalated tragically, reaching far beyond borders and affecting millions of lives. When di Giovanni, a seasoned war correspondent, first arrived in Damascus in 2012, she immediately recognized the familiar sight of a country trembling on the brink of war. 

Through the intimate stories of the ordinary civilians she encountered in places like Damascus, Homs, Darayya, and Aleppo, The Morning They Came For Us illuminates the harsh realities of warfare from all sides. What began with a handful of teenagers writing anti-government slogans rapidly turned into a full civil war, transforming a people in denial into a people in the midst of violence from which they have never recovered. Join New America for a conversation with International Security Program Fellow Janine di Giovanni on the devastating impacts of the Syria crisis and the ongoing realities of daily life in a war zone.

Copies of Janine di Giovanni's The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria will be available for purchase. Join the conversation online using #DispatchesFromSyria and by following @NewAmericaNYC.


Janine di Giovanni 
Middle East Editor, Newsweek
Fellow, International Security Program, New America
Author, The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria

Ben Taub
Contributor, The New Yorker