How to restart democratic debate in Syria? Launch a version of The Archers | Jonathan Myerson

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Storytelling can be as potent as anything strapped to the fuselage of a Tornado. Our drama, Hay El-Matar, aims to humanise ‘the other’ for Syrians

As politicians agonise about the wisdom of intervention in Syria, I have been involved in a somewhat smaller project but with big aspirations to help restart a democratic dialogue in the country.

Hay El-Matar – which translates as airport district, because every Syrian city has one whether it has an airport or not – is a radio drama series, produced by the BBC’s non-licence fee international development arm, BBC Media Action, but written by Syrians for Syrians. It will air across Syria from this week for at least a year, all for a fraction of the price of a cruise missile.

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