Susan Dirgham spoke at an SPC forum on 6 November about her experience of living as an English teacher for several years in Syria before the civil war broke out. She described a society living in harmony with its different religious and cultural groups, and of her impressions and contacts at that time. She argues that the world has been given a false impression of life under the Assad regime, and fears for the outcome if the regime should fall to the Islamist groups. In 2013, she joined an international peace delegation organised by Mother Agnes Mariam, and headed by Mairead Maguire, an Irish Peace Laureate.
Susan Dirgham is National Coordinator of Australians for Mussalah (Reconciliation) in Syria.