This Speakeasy talk is a rare opportunity to hear a personal account of the conflict from Dr Haytham Alhamwi, a refugee appearing courtesy of Rethink Rebuild Society. He’ll be talking about his background as an activist, how Syria arrived at its revolution, who is involved in the conflict and what is happening at the moment, as well as addressing some of the misconceptions about it.
In 2003 Haytham Alhamwi was sentenced to four years in prison for organising street cleaning and anti-bribery campaigns and a protest against the invasion of Iraq in his home town of Daraya – an area four kilometres south-west of Damascus. He was released from prison after serving two-and-a half years of his sentence following a presidential pardon; a result of a short-lived liberalisation of the Assad regime in 2005.
He has since been based in the UK, where he carried out a PhD in Occupational Health at the University of Manchester. His campaigns for justice and freedom for Syria eventually led him to found Rethink Rebuild Society – a Manchester-based Syrian advocacy and community organisation that supports refugees, and campaigns to bring Syrian issues to the attention of the international community.
The talk takes place from 7pm-8pm on 8th February in the first-floor function room at the historic Raikes Hall pub, Liverpool Road, Blackpool FY1 4HE (map below). The function room is kindly made available to us by the pub and Trust Inns. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available at the bar on the ground floor.