When Jamal Saeed was seventeen years old, he watched as his family home was raided by soldiers of the al-Assad regime. He was arrested at nineteen for passing out pamphlets and was subsequently held in prison, without charge, without seeing a lawyer or judge, for twelve years.  After his years as a prisoner of conscience in Syria, he was invited to Canada in 2016. He continues to raise awareness about Syria’s ongoing civil war and humanitarian crisis through his work as an activist, editor, visual artist, and author.

Jamal is the author of the children’s book Yara’s Spring, and, most recently, My Road from Damascus: A Memoir. The book recounts his experience in the notorious prison system, as well as what happened in his country to lead to, and from, that moment. “A lyrical, extremely rich narrative of loss, memory, and trauma.” — STARRED review, Kirkus Reviews. Jamal lives with his family in Kingston, Ontario.

Jamal’s appearance is supported by Author Patron Doriana Bisegna.

Appearing in 4. My Road From Damascus