This honor is dedicated to the martyrs of the Syrian revolution, and to all those women who are working in silence, in particularly difficult circumstances inside Syria, and to those who move among the downpour of bullets and artillery fire, the tanks and the fighter jets, in order to carry on the revolution of the Syrian people toward establishing a free and democratic society.

Samar Yazbek, winner of the 2012 Pen Pinter International Writer of Courage prize, in her acceptance speech.

Yazbek’s memoir, A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution, was released earlier this year and chronicles the Syrian civil war. She currently lives in exile in Paris.

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