“I Am Screaming Here”, I Get Interviewed by Youmna Naufal

“I Am Screaming Here”, I Get Interviewed by Youmna Naufal

I was recently interviewed by Youmna Naufal​, a woman I am proud to call my friend and one of the most exemplary journalists in the country. You may remember her for her trailblazing interview with Julian Assange​, who spoke to her from the London Embassy of Ecuador, something that no other Middle Eastern journalist has done. She boldly questioned Assange on Russia and Wikileaks’ involvement in the U.S. elections, and myself being a part of the audience, I had the chance to contribute to the dialogue and directly ask him if he prefers Amal Clooney or Pamela Anderson. 

As for my interview, found here below, we discuss my writing, what it takes to be political engaged, the trash crisis, my awakening into the world of politics, and why we shouldn’t feel despondent about the lack of democracy in our region. It was a long journey for all democracies to become democracies, so dammit, progress is inevitable, it’s just a question of who spearheads it. I hope you enjoy it.



Written by Sara El-Yafi


  1. Fida Krayem · November 17, 2017

    Dear Sara, you are an inspiration for not just women, but human beings everywhere.

  2. Nicholas Haddad · November 17, 2017

    Inspiring, informative, beautiful, a treat. Looking forward to everything you plan to do Sara El-Yafi

  3. Jihad Krayem · November 17, 2017

    🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌 WOW.

  4. Tristan Hudson · November 17, 2017

    Brilliant, Sara. Simply brilliant. Your country can count you as a blessing. And congrats to Youmna. Awesome job.

  5. Ibrahim AlHusseini · November 17, 2017

    In a period rife with conjecture & opinions, it’s refreshing to hear from someone properly versed in her respective subject matter.

  6. Youmna N. Mahmassani · November 17, 2017

    Thank you for your unfailing support towards myself and most importantly for Lebanon. To quote what everyone’s been saying “we need more people like Sara” – for this nation and beyond.

  7. Sasha Van de Water · November 17, 2017

    Sara! Another masterclass is telling it like it is, supported with facts and obvious knowledge and experience, and importantly with humour, and modesty. Oh, and did I mention awesome style? You rock!

  8. Russell Patient · November 17, 2017

    If you’ve not seen it yet then now you have no excuse… Why can’t there be more individuals like Sara on this planet?

  9. Yara Abi Farhat Samaha · November 17, 2017

    waaaw waaaw waaaw. sooo proud of you Sara

  10. Sirine Ghandour Jawhari · November 17, 2017

    Very engaging interview, ladies! It went by so quickly I was hoping you’d expand more on many of the topics you touched on.

    • Youmna N. Mahmassani · November 17, 2017

      Thank You Sirine for watching. I guess it’s good news if you wanted to see more. Y Chats is in itself a chat show meant to be inspiring and entertaining. Hope you follow it and we don’t disappoint 🙂

      • Sirine Ghandour Jawhari · November 17, 2017

        it was my first Y Chat, and will definitely watch out for others, as well as for Sara’s next news. 😊

  11. Maya Barbir · November 17, 2017

    bravo sara !

  12. Alexander Keefe · November 17, 2017

    Wow. You’re so right about everything you said regarding the journey to democracy. And so clever. Never thought of it that way. Brilliant.

  13. Tanya Kassem · November 17, 2017

    Simply superb. Love the way you talk. I’m here to support you in your endeavors, and hope your positive and honest outlook becomes contagious enough to instill a real change. Good job, Youmna, so good to know of your work.

    • Youmna N. Mahmassani · November 17, 2017

      Thank you Tanya! Happy you enjoyed it – we look forward to more Y Chats and not to disappoint.

  14. Faris Smadi · November 17, 2017

    Really enjoyed that. Most engaging. Well done Sara

  15. Rhamy Abdel Hamid · November 17, 2017

    Pamela any day!

  16. Karam Toubba · November 17, 2017

    “Harvard issued an apology”

    Sara: “Surprising”

    Almost fell off the chair 😂

    Amazing as always ❤️

  17. Zeid Tawil · November 17, 2017

    Great interview…and awesome house and view 😁

  18. Zeinab Alhasan · November 17, 2017

    Now u really speak to me couz 😘😘😘

  19. Lara Haddad · November 17, 2017

    You’re simply amazing! Miss you dearly! ❤️

  20. Diva Khoury · November 17, 2017

    Always so proud of you. Every single word is gold. I’ll say it again, SARA FOR PRES. I love you habibi😘

  21. Noor Nasralah · November 17, 2017

    Always proud of you

  22. Gail Antabi · November 17, 2017

    Such wisdom and so profound👍 you overwhelm us. Never cease to amaze us

  23. Lina Noueiri · November 17, 2017

    I agree 100% and just for sharing a small info what you did with Harvard happened with me in London at Harvey Nichols and I took it to the floor manager unfortunately nothing happened although they thanked me and welcomed my comment. This one was calling Lebanese bread sandwich Greek pita sandwich instead. Speaking up was my obvious choice because when it s a fact it s undeniable and successful. Wish you All the best always🙏😘😍 proud cousine 😉

  24. watani sourya (@WataniS) · November 18, 2017

    Passionate and interesting. Might disagree over pros and cons of incineration, but so amused that we are pretty close DNA relatives.

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