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Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim shares harrowing stories of life between bombings

She is 30 years old, a Syrian who had a good job in the UK but she went back to Syria because it is Zaina Erhaim's home, and as a journalist, she has work to do. Today, Zaina Erhaim joins us to brings us into her troubled world.
Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim is the 2015 winner of the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. Winning the award reminded Zaina Erhaim, "when living in horror for all these years, it is normal to feel abandoned and forget that there is someone listening or reading to our stories and that she or he actually cares." (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

​When Syria's brutal civil war broke out, Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim was working for the BBC in London.  And while many Syrians fled the country, she went back to document the stories of women still living amid the fighting ... and to train them and men as citizen journalists, so they can tell their own stories. 

Preview Zaina Erhaim's documentary, "Syria's Rebellious Women"

Today, Zaina Erhaim joins us to brings us into her troubled world. 

I can't imagine any future, neither for myself nor for Syria at all. It's very black.- Syrian journalist  Zaina   Erhaim

Zaina Erhaim is the Syria project co-ordinator for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. She's currently visiting the United States, she joined Anna Maria from New York City.

Journalist Zaina Erhaim says she felt it was her duty to return home to Syria after the war started but adds it's also a burden. Still, she feels it's important to make sure the stories of women living in Syria are not lost. (Courtesy of Zaina Erhaim)

This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.