A Disappearance in Damascus
A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War
By Deborah Campbell
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Award-winning journalist Deborah Campbell travels undercover to Damascus, reporting on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria following the Iraq War. When her “fixer,” a charismatic Iraqi woman who has emerged as a community leader, is seized from her side by secret police, Campbell must spend months desperately trying to find her—all the while fearing she could be next. A riveting account of two women caught up in the shadowy politics behind today’s conflict.
Deborah Campbell has reported from Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, the UAE, Israel, Palestine, Mexico, Cuba, and Russia. Much of her work is “immersive journalism” that involves living among the societies she covers. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, The Economist, The Guardian, New Scientist, Foreign Policy, and The Walrus, and she is the recipient of three National Magazine Awards.