Diana Darke


Diana Darke
is a Middle East cultural expert with special focus on Syria.  A graduate in Arabic from Oxford University, she has spent over 30 years specialising in the Middle East and Turkey, working for both government and commercial sectors. She is the author of several books on Middle East society, including My House in Damascus (2016) and The Merchant of Syria (2018).

Diana is also the co-author of The Last Sanctuary in Aleppo (2019), the remarkable true story of a Syrian ambulance driver who built a cat sanctuary in war-torn Aleppo. This is the first memoir about the war in Syria from a civilian, Alaa Aljaleel, who remains there to this day, providing both a shocking insider account as well as an inspiring tale about how one person’s actions can make a difference against all odds. 
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