Nujeen Mustafa discusses her experiences as a Syrian refugee

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Times subscribers joined us for an evening with Christina Lamb OBE, Chief Foreign Correspondent for The Sunday Times and Nujeen Mustafa, as they discussed their book The Girl from Aleppo: Nujeen’s Escape from War to Freedom.

Nujeen Mustafa has cerebral palsy and cannot walk. This did not stop her braving inconceivable odds to travel in her wheelchair from Syria in search of a new life. Sharing her story, with her quirky eye for detail, Nujeen recounts growing up through dictatorship and war, as well as her harrowing journey across the Mediterranean to Germany to seek an education and the medical treatment she needs.

Nujeen joined Christina at the News Building to share her first-hand experiences of Europe's biggest refugee crisis since World War Two. Trapped in a fifth floor apartment in Aleppo and unable to go to school, she taught herself to speak English by watching American soap-operas and Masterchef. As civil war between Assad's forces and rebels broke out around them, then ISIS also moved in, Nujeen and her family fled along with more than a million others, leaving behind all they knew and loved. 

Christina Lamb OBE has reported from countries all around the world, starting with Afghanistan when she was just 21. She has won numerous awards, including being named Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times and Europe’s top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux. She was made an OBE by the Queen in 2013 and recently won the Foreign Press Association award and Sue Lloyd-Roberts award for her reporting on the refugee crisis.

Hosting the evening was Eleanor Mills, Editorial Director of The Sunday Times and Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine. A passionate advocate of equality and keen feminist, she is also chair of Women in Journalism. Her publications include: Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs: 100 Years of the Best Journalism by Women, which is on the A level syllabus.