AKs and Lollipops

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donated to charities dealing with the Syria crisis

“Since the spring of 2011 Syria has been a country intent on destroying itself. What began as peaceful demonstrations, against the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad, soon became a national uprising to overthrow the dictator. With millions displaced, and hundreds of thousands dead, it is a humanitarian disaster on a scale the world has not seen in decades. In the midst of this turmoil, Paddy Vipond, a young British volunteer, ventured across the border from Turkey to see the situation for himself, and to help those that were suffering.

This honest and insightful account of the short time he spent in Syria is a thought-provoking and candid look at a world many of us have turned our backs on. Armed with nothing but a pen and paper, and in the company of a man he had met the day before, Paddy embarked on a journey that would change his life forever.

Detailing remarkable stories, and written with warmth and humour, AKs and Lollipops places us alongside Paddy as he parties with Free Syrian Army soldiers, rides tanks with northern rebels, and gets bombed by Assad’s military. From his initial illegal entry into the country, right up to his final encounter with ISIS, Paddy paints a picture which is truly impossible to ignore.”

Published by Bennion Kearny
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“Most of the time both the corporate news media and many politicos like to paint the world in simple black and white, pigeon holing actors into good and bad, right and wrong, us and them. It is unusual for insights to show the complexity of actual situations on the ground. Paddy Vipond’s AKs and Lollopops runs against this tendency and does so very well indeed. It really is an excellent account of and witness to the conflict in Syria, refusing to simplify it as an imperialist-anti-imperialist crusade or a battle of good vs evil. It’s an eye opener, vividly written, humane and passionate. I very much recommend to anyone seeking to get a better understanding of Syria, as I did.”
– Dr Lee Salter, Senior Lecturer in Media & Communication, University of Sussex

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