I met Mayada in the very crowded lobby of the Dama Rose Hotel the evening before the Presidential Election. She was having tea with a friend, but very happy to speak with an American come to be an Election Observer. Mayada has lived in the UK for some years, but she still visits Syria, where she grew up, regularly. She came to Syria this time to participate in the election.
Mayada was good company and she came out to walk through the Souk with us the day after the election. Here is the interview I recorded with her on the eve of the election.