All She Lost: The Explosion in Lebanon, the Collapse of a Nation and the Women who Survive: Caabu Online Briefing with Dalal Mawad

19 Sep 2023 13:00 - 14:00

Caabu invites you to an online briefing: All She Lost: The Explosion in Lebanon, the Collapse of a Nation and the Women who Survive, with Dalal Mawad who will discuss her new book of the same title, on Tuesday 19 September 2023 at 1pm (BST UK time).

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All She Lost: The Explosion in Lebanon, the Collapse of a Nation and the Women who Survive can be purchased here. Books by Caabu speakers can be purchased here through Caabu's affiliate page on Caabu receives 10% of any purchase made as does an independent book shop.

When: Tuesday 19 September 2023, 13:00 (BST, UK time).

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About the book:

Award-winning journalist Dalal Mawad was in Lebanon when the blast happened, and was one of the first journalists to report on the mysterious and devastating explosion. Now, after years of reporting on the victims and on Lebanon itself, she sees it as one more stitch in the fabric of Lebanon’s painful history.

During her reporting, she discovered something else – that it is the women who stay behind, and it is through their stories that the history of the Middle East must be re-constructed. She set out to record the stories of those she met, the women long discriminated against, and those whose stories are untold. She spoke to mothers who lost their children on August 4, spouses who lost their partners, refugee women who have fled from the war in Syria – and who now find themselves in another failing state. We hear from the Lebanese grandmother, bankrupted by the small nation’s collapse, who remembers Beirut’s glory days of the 1960s – when the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Miles Davis came to Beirut. And then the women like Dalal herself, who have left their home behind.

The women in this book all experienced the explosion and suffered unimaginable loss and tragedy, but it is not just this one event that brings them together. Their personal stories converged to tell the story of a nation whose glory days are long gone, now riven by protracted violence, lurching from crisis to crisis, and fighting to survive. It tells not only of what these women have lost, but also what Lebanon has lost, and a part of the Middle East that is no more.

Read more about the book in the Guardian, and the New Arab.

About the speaker:

Dalal Mawad is an independent award-winning Lebanese journalist and author of All She Lost, a non-fiction published in September 2023 (Bloomsbury Publishing). She currently works for CNN in Paris as a freelance senior producer. She is also a professor at Sciences Po in Paris teaching video journalism. Previously, she worked with the Associated Press as a senior producer and correspondent covering Lebanon and the MENA region. Her AP bylines have been published in the Washington Post and New York Times. She was at the forefront of Lebanon’s 2019 protests as well as the Beirut blast of August 4th 2020. Mawad is the winner of the Samir Kassir Award for the Freedom of the Press in 2020 for her short film on a transgender woman in Lebanon. She was also a finalist for the same award in 2012 for an investigative story on Lebanon’s Jews. Mawad has also worked as a regional video producer for the United Nations Refugee Agency covering displacement in the Middle East and the world. Many of her stories were top performers at the UNHCR and picked by various broadcasters including Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya and others. A short film she produced on a refugee surfer in Lebanon was shown at Brazil’s largest outdoor film festival. She also produced for the team of the UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie. Previous to her work at the UN, she was an on-air reporter with LBCI, a Lebanese broadcaster, where she mainly covered human rights, gender-based violence and environmental issues. She broke the story of child sexual abuse in Lebanon’s Catholic and Orthodox churches.

Between 2012 and 2013, Mawad worked as a deputy news editor for Al Jazeera English in Doha covering the war in Syria.

She has a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and another Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York where she graduated with honors and was awarded the Joan Konner award for outstanding reporting for Television and Radio. She is fluent in Arabic , French, English and Spanish.

She Tweets: @dalalmawad.

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