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BBC News and Current Affairs to explore stories of the Syrian crisis

MUMBAI: BBC News and Current Affairs is all set to explore stories of the Syrian crisis with two days of special coverage.

On 12 and 13 November, the BBC’s coverage will go back to the heart of the Syrian crisis that engulfed the Middle East.

Titled ‘Syria’s War’, the special coverage will speak to journalists who have been at the forefront of the BBC’s reporting of the conflict presenting and filing stories from Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

The coverage will pan across TV, radio, online and social media, in the UK and internationally on BBC World News and the BBC World Service. It will feature eye-witness reporting and analysis of the impact of Syria’s war, and explore the stories of those caught in the midst of it all.

BBC Newsgathering head Jonathan Munro said, “Almost four years after what began as peaceful protests, millions have been forced to flee their homes, large swathes of the country lie in ruin and the consequences of the conflict are being felt well beyond Syria’s borders. The BBC has been there on the ground as this crisis has unfolded, and is committed to continuing to report events and ensure the stories of those affected are heard.”

On the morning of 12 November, Mishal Husain will start the day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, and end the day co-presenting the BBC News at Ten bulletin, from Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, near the Syrian border.

Inside Syria, Middle-East editor Jeremy Bowen will be reporting from Damascus, and chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet will be in Aleppo across the week. Examining stories from neighbouring countries, international correspondent Ian Pannell will report from Turkey, special correspondent Fergal Keane from Lebanon, and Middle East correspondent Yolande Knell in Jordan.

BBC Breakfast will focus on the refugee crisis in Jordan caused by the violence in Syria. Middle-East correspondent Yolande Knell will report live from a refugee camp that has recently opened.

On 12 November, 5live will feature live reports throughout the day, as well as coverage on the 5live Daily programme from 10 am, with Phil Mackie in Beirut and Mark Lowen in Istanbul, Turkey.

BBC News online will also host an in-depth feature called ‘The Disappeared’, exploring the mystery of Syrians taken hostage by the Assad regime or Islamic groups, and are still being looked for by their families. There will also be an overview of the conflict, exploring key moments from throughout the crisis.

BBC Arabic reporters will be examining stories of those living in the midst of the crisis. This will include video postcards of daily life in Damascus by Assaf Abboud, Rami Ruhayyem will report on people affected by trauma from the war and shed light on the mental and psychological impact and Carine Torbey will look at how some mothers are giving birth via C-sections during ceasefires to avoid going into labour in the midst of fighting.

BBC Arabic will also broadcast a documentary ‘Queens of Syria’, which tells the story of a group of women from all sides of Syria’s conflict forced into exile in Jordan. They will come together to perform their own version of ‘The Trojan Women’, an ancient Greek tragedy on the plight of women in war. The documentary will be shown on 13 November, and at other times throughout the week.