Born in Exile: Syrian children in Lebanon and beyond

Since the beginning of the war in Syria, tens of thousands of children have been born in exile – over 70,000 of them in Lebanon alone. This has far-reaching consequences at multiple levels: for the mothers who have to give birth far from home after having escaped conflict, for the children themselves whose birth may not be registered or who may not obtain citizenship, and for Syria as a whole, as the country risks losing an entire generation to statelessness.

On Monday 25 July, 6pm at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre our chair Mukesh Kapila CBE will join award-winning Syrian playwright Liwaa Yazji, National Health and Maternity Coordinator for City of Sanctuary Rose McCarthy, and other panellists in exploring the realities, the struggle and the hope of new life and what can be done to prevent a generation being forever lost. This event is part of ESOF 2016, and tickets (£3,50) can be booked online via the Royal Exchange Theatre’s website.

Born in exile is part of B!RTH debate, a festival which will explore global health inequality through the lens of childbirth. Seven female playwrights have been commissioned to travel around their own countries (Brazil, China, India, Kenya, Syria, UK and USA) to describe issues around childbirth through original plays that will be shown in the “Birth Festival” in October, accompanied by public debates.