Arizona Storytellers: Zana Alattar

Published: Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 10:33am
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Zana Alattar, founder of Save Our Syrian Freedom, speaks during a forum about the crisis in Syria held at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on March 4, 2015.

KJZZ is partnering with the Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers project on the radio. Storytellers in Phoenix share their stories at live events in town. Some of the stories are about living here, some are not.

Zana Alattar was born and raised in Chicago. Every summer until she was 16, Zana and her family would visit her grandmother in Syria. The summer of 2010 was the last time they made the trip. In 2011 protests led to a year of riots, violence, and ultimately civil war. Zana’s grandmother moved to the U.S. a few months after the conflict started.

Zana Alattar is the Student Director of Students Organized for Syria.

The next storytelling event is Thursday, March 31st at the South Mountain Community College's Performing Arts Center. To learn more about the Arizona Storytellers project or how to tell your own story, visit

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