Arwa Damon is a senior international correspondent for CNN. Since joining CNN during the Iraq war, she’s covered important stories in the Middle East and throughout the world. Most recently, she reported on the refugee crisis in south eastern Europe, and we kick off our conversation discussing her experience covering that story.

She has a very interesting personal history, having grown up in a bi-cultural household and spending most of her adolescence in Turkey. Her mother was born in Syria; and her grandfather was briefly Prime Minister of Syria in the late 1940s, before he was assassinated.

Earlier this year, Damon founded a non-profit, called INARA, that facilitates medical care for children severely injured in conflict zones.

This conversation gets pretty heavy, which I think is a reflection of the kinds of stories that Damon has covered throughout her career.

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