Hi everyone, and welcome to OpenCanada Nahlah
Thank you so much for taking to time to do this.
Our readers all know you well, so I will save long introductions, except for saying that Nahlah is a foreign correspondent for the CBC, mostly covering the middle east.
I think it is worth noting that in a time when the media's interest in a topic or region can be fleeting, and audiences attention span for international affairs short, that Nahlah has been a consistant connection between Canadians and the Middle East for over a decade.
She has in many ways been the window through which we have seen the Israel/Palestine conflict, the Iraq war, the Libyan intervention
and of course the Arab Spring.
And Nahlah has recently written a wonderful book on her life and the middle east, called A Thousand Farewells.
So it is a real great pleasure to have you here Nahlah.
If anyone has any question, feel free to ask by adding a comment, or tweeting to #ciclive.
I would like to start by talking a bit about the book.
When you were young, your family moved from Winnipeg to a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan. Could you tell us a bit about how this shaped your view of the world?
How did you view the Israeli Palestinian conflict at the time? Did it dominate you understanding of the region?
How did they view you and your family?
I spent a year in Geneva as a young child, and that was jarring enough. i can only imagine how tough and disjointed it must of been.
I was going to ask, Did they understand why your family chose to live there?
Does it surprise you that there are still people living in these same camps? Still over 2 million palestinians living in Jordan i believe