TF Event – On the Ground in Syria: Discussion on the Roots of the Conflict and the Refugee Crisis


Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 6pm, Fletcher Free Library

235 College Street, Burlington, Vermont

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Join Toward Freedom for a discussion between Diego Cupolo, photojournalist and author of “Seven Syrians: War Accounts From Syrian Refugees,” and Achraf Alamatouri, an English teacher who left Syria in 2011 and currently works with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 29th at 6 pm in the Fletcher Free Library at 235 College Street in Burlington, Vermont. The event is hosted and organized by, a Burlington-based media outlet providing a progressive perspective on world events.

During the summer of 2013, Cupolo worked as a volunteer at a Syrian refugee school on the Turkish border where he gathered interviews and photographs of civilians which he will present at the event while describing the growing refugee crisis. Achraf Alamatouri, a Syrian citizen and Burlington resident, has spoken out on the Syrian war and will provide his personal perspective on the origins of this 3-year-old conflict that threatens to destabilize the entire Middle East.

About Diego Cupolo: Born in Mexico City to Italian parents, Diego Cupolo began his journalism and photography careers in New York City and has continued his work while residing in Montreal, Quebec and Buenos Aires, Argentina. He currently works with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières and serves as Latin America regional editor for Global South Development Magazine. His written and visual work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Associated Press, The Village Voice, The Australian Times, Discover Magazine, Canadian Dimension Magazine and Diagonal Periodico.For more information visit: or contact him directly at or 860-944-0706.

About Achraf Alamatouri: Achraf Alamatouri has more than 12 years of experience as a teacher of English and a teacher trainer. He taught English at Kalamoon University and conducted teacher training courses in multiple regions in Syria. Previous to joining USCRI, Mr. Alamatouri was the Director of the Language Department at the International Center for Human Construction. Mr. Alamatouri is a Fulbright alumnus and holds a Master’s Degree in teaching English as a Foreign Language from Albath University as well as a Master’s Degree in Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages from Saint Michael’s College. He holds a B.A in English Literature from Damascus University and teacher training certificates from the University of Delaware and Oregon University. He speaks both English and Arabic fluently, as well as basic French and German. (802-654-1704;

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Also see:


The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A First-Hand Account From the Turkish Border


Seven Syrians: War Accounts from Syrian Refugees – Book Review