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The Exchange

Granite Staters React to the News from Syria


It’s been nearly a year since authorities began clashing with anti-government protests in the nation of Syria.  Since then, massive fighting, deaths, detainment and calls for President Assad’s resignation have topped the headlines. Today we'll talk to a roundtable of Syrians and Syrian Americans living in New Hampshire about their thoughts and what they’re hearing from loved ones in their home country. 


  • Mustafa Safiia - A 27 year old Syrian living in Manchester.  Mustafa is from a small town called Idlib, in northern Syria and graduated last year from SNHU with a masters degree in accounting. He is active in the Revolution and he and his friends started a Facebook account called Syrian Day of Rage.
  • “Khaled” (pseudonym), A 26 year old graduate student at SNHU.  Khaled is  from Aleppo, the second largest city in Syria, and has lived in the U.S. for four years. 
  • Lou Salome: A Syrian American and long-time former war correspondent living in Portsmouth.  Salome has reported throughout the Middle East, including in Syria, and is the author of “Violence, Veils, and Bloodlines: Reporting from War Zones.”