Today on The Story, we reconnect with Osama. He’s a dissident in Syria and, like so many others inside that country, is now constantly on the run. His wife and daughter are now being threatened, and yet Osama says he will not waver.
Assaad Chaftari had served as an intelligence official during the Lebanese Civil War. It was years later, when heard his son saying disparaging things about Muslims, that he decided to repent publicly for his actions during war.
Former Marine Jeremy Berggren has been diagnosed with the disorder, even though he didn't serve in a combat situation. Also in this episode, Sue and Dave Dixon decided to take their kids and go on vacation... an entire year.
More than 25 people were killed in a series of coordinated attacks in the Pakistan city of Lahore last week. Faizaan Peerzada runs an art center in Lahore. On the evening of the day when the attacks took place, Faizaan drove through the city to the BBC studios to speak with Dick Gordon. Faizaan says he was willing to take the risk because his arts organization depends on international support.
Major Ted Kuppinger is an army reservist. He is just back home after serving his country for the second time in Afghanistan. As a civil affairs worker, Ted knows what it's like to live among and serve the Afghan people. He also has the vantage point of comparing two very different Afghanistans from his deployments in 2002 and 2010.
Gordana Knezevic has been watching the news from Gaza closely. She knows what the people there are going through. Gordana was an editor for a daily newspaper in Sarajevo from 1988 to 1994. During the siege of Sarajevo in 1992, she and her colleagues continued to publish Oslobodjenje every day from the ruins of the newspaper's offices.
Andrea Richardson Stowers was 7 years old when her father Dale left on a Cold War military mission from which he never returned. Dale’s work was classified, so Andrea never found out how he died. Andrea’s mother believed it was a government cover-up and convinced herself that Dale was still alive.
Stefani Barner's husband, Rob, is a technical sergeant in the Air National Guard, and he is about to head off for his second tour in Iraq. Dick sat down with Rob and Stefani to talk about how Rob's returning to Iraq will affect their family. Both Rob and Stefani are against the war, but their shared perspective hasn't made conversations about the future any easier.
Nawal El Saadawi is an 80-year-old writer who lives in Cairo who Dick spoke with when former President Mubarak stepped down. She says the revolution has been betrayed and she is fighting to get it back on track.