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Escape to Freedom: Social Media in the Refugee Era
Mohammed Al Samawi - Peace Activist & Author of The Fox Hunt

Monday, September 24, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

 

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6:30 PM Reception
7:00 PM Program & Book Signing
Warwick Melrose

For more than three years, Iran and Saudi Arabia have exploited civil war in Yemen and made it their proxy battleground between Houthi and Sunni forces fighting over their differing views of Islam. The crisis is compounded by tens of thousands of unsuspecting refugees who come to Yemen trying to escape persecution in the Horn of Africa. Stepping from the boats they thought were shepherding them to safety, their nightmare continues as they are apprehended, beaten, and incarcerated in inhumane conditions in bombed-out cities where food, water and medical help are in short supply. As the lawlessness continues and the death toll climbs, The New York Times and other organizations have deemed Yemen “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”

It is a backdrop young Muslim Mohammed Al Samawi knows all too well. Hunted for his efforts to promote dialogue between Muslims, Christians and Jews, Al Samawi contemplated suicide rather than allow himself to be captured, tortured and executed. Huddled in his Aden apartment, he reached out to strangers on Facebook for help. Miraculously, four ordinary civilians in four time zones used social media to successfully coordinate a daring and improbable escape.

Now living safely in the United States where he continues his tireless mission for peace, Al Samawi shares his remarkable story in The Fox Hunt. Don’t miss his riveting tale, along with Al Samawi’s “lived-to-tell” insights into the Yemen crisis.

Location: Warwick Melrose Dallas
3015 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
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