This is a conversation with Wafa Mustafa, a Berlin-based Syrian journalist.
We spoke about her father, Ali Mustafa, who was forcibly disappeared by the Assad regime on July 2nd 2013. Wafa highlights the fact that those who are forcibly disappeared are often depoliticized and coated in ‘humanitarian’ language. We spoke about how she participated in the 2011 uprising and how her activism actually started from sooner. We also spoke about her journey from Syria to Turkey and then Berlin, about dealing with and talking about depression, and about her next projects.
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Music by Tarabeat.
- The documentary mentioned is ‘Erased, Ascent of the Invisible’ by Ghassan Halwani. I wrote about it which you can read here.
- Her appearance on the Branch 251 podcast, which I recommend.
- The Syria Campaign – Why refugees can’t return to Syria
- Die Barliner – Wafa Mustafa: The Story Behind The Name
- GWI – Boell: Wafa Mustafa: Wer steckt hinter diesem Namen?
- The National: How one woman’s missing father inspired her to fight for justice for Syria
- Huffington Post: The Day I Lost My Father, My Country And My Home