Canadian journalist kicks off Big Thinking series at Congress 2014

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Canadian journalist kicks off Big Thinking series at Congress 2014

Published on May 25 2014


Mohammed stares into the camera, his piercing eyes aflame with passion.

“I have to write my exams - I can’t afford to lose another year,” the high school student urgently tells the journalist taking his photograph, displayed on a screen at Congress 2014.

Mohammed lives in Yarmouk, Syria, one of tens of thousands caught up in brutal civil war. His losses are unfathomable: his mother and sister dead from a rocket that ripped their humble house apart; two other sisters injured; a future threatened by the brutality of war and hunger.

Why should we care about Mohammed?

Because Mohammed’s story is our story, says Lyse Doucet, chief international correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Doucet kicked off Congress 2014’s Big Thinking lecture series Saturday with her talk “Borders Without Boundaries: Whose stories are ours?”

She told the audience of more than 100 that there are many “threads” that bind Canadians with Mohammed and others in seemingly far-flung places.

Lyse Doucet

Lyse Doucet