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Fernande van Tets

Fernande van Tets

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Fernande van Tets (b. 1985) studied Arabic and political science and moved to Beirut in 2011. She worked as a freelance journalist for international news outlets such as Trouw, De Groene Amsterdammer, The Independent and television broadcaster France 24. From 2018 to 2019, she lived and worked in Damascus for a year as a communications officers for UNRWA, the UN’s aid organization for Palestinian refugees.

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Vier seizoenen in Damascus (Four Seasons in Damascus), 2020


‘I highly recommend this book. For those who want a realistic picture of what is really taking place in Bashar al-Assad’s Syria, this is a must. And for those who still think we can just send Syrian refugees back, this is required reading.’ – Nederlandse boekengids


‘When I accepted a job at the UN in Damascus, I had no idea how quickly you got used to the daily reality of a warzone. After a few days, I was no longer surprised by bombs. After a few months, I no longer became emotional when people told me about how they had survived on grass and water because their neighborhood had been under siege by President Bashar al-Assad’s men. It became normal that colleagues’ houses were levelled.’