Alaa Aljaleel (Author)
Alaa Aljaleel is an electrician turned ambulance driver from Aleppo. Since the Syrian civil war broke out, he has been working tirelessly to save the lives of both people and animals, and is the founder of Ernesto's House, a sanctuary for abandoned animals in Aleppo.
Diana Darke (Author)
Diana Darke is a journalist, travel writer, and expert on the Middle East, and author of My House in Damascus and The Merchant of Syria. After studying Arabic at Oxford University, Diana Darke worked for the British government and GCHQ, and lived in Syria, Egypt and with a Bedouin tribe. She is married with two children, both born in Cairo.