Stories about and
Humanitarian considerations will be the main distinction between the two US administrations in Syria's war, where Washington vies to curb terrorist threats and Russia's influence in a vital region.
"They sprinted over the 50-meter stretch between the asphalt road and the mountain... 30 minutes later, the guide stopped and told them that they had just crossed the danger zone."
The displaced masses of Ghouta arrive in northern Syria tired, broken and burdened by unbearable memories and the pressure to begin their migratory lives with difficult choices.
One perished in a Syrian prison, two died in exile, the other is still missing. The personal histories of these four Syrian women challenge us to not to forget.
"Remember my story. My name is Safa. I was born thirty years ago. Today, I'm forcibly displaced from my home with my three children. I'm now alone, sad and tired."
‘I wanted my grandchildren to grow up in that house': Testimony of a 61-year-old Syrian woman from Zamalka
I wanted my grandchildren to grow up there, so that they would add to that home a new life, just like every generation of our ancestors did.
"This anti-war left exhibits deeply authoritarian tendencies, that place states at the centre of political analysis. . . . "
"It is difficult for me to describe the exhaustion, the disaster and the horrors, and their cumulative effect over the past seven years..."
"We were crying for Umm Muhammad, and because we were afraid. We wondered whether we were going to face the same fate, and whether our children would be rendered motherless."
"Being half-Lebanese, half-Syrian is like being a child whose parents are separated and both hate you because each half of you reminds them of the other...."
"As volunteers, we’re treated as though we’re not part of the story.... But whether we like it or not, we are part of the narrative and influence it, significantly."
Russian’s bombing campaign in Syria has helped put an end to Aleppo’s civil democratic experiment, once a beacon of hope. What next?
"Aleppo was the moment the world decided it had tired of even going through the motions."
With the end of the devastating siege of eastern Aleppo, the world watches, parses and argues over the meaning of the media messages being shared by those remaining within it.
"Yes, we are Christians, but we don’t want a Christ that doesn’t look like us...."
"There are others who haven’t had the chance to bring their stories to an end, but are at this moment still stuck in them. Do not forget them."
Palestinian revolutionary Budour Hassan remembers the Syrian Revolutionary Youth who chanted for bread, freedom and social justice.
"You’re lucky, as some were transferred out today, before we had shifts for standing and sitting....we are managing by squatting and sleeping on each others’ shoulders.”