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Stories about Syria

6 October 2015

Syrian Refugees? Get Your Facts Straight Before You Share Their Stories

Photographs of struggling Syrian refugees escaping death are plastered all over the Internet. Here's our pick of some photographs which are not what they seem. Rami Alhames explains.

Steps On the Journey

The Bridge

“The seas are not only the graveyard of our bodies. . . but also of our memories—of our belongings and the small things we brought to remind us of home.”

29 September 2015

When Online Kremlin Propaganda Leaves the Web, It Looks Like This

RuNet Echo

"Material Evidence" is one of few pro-Putin Internet projects connected to Russia's "troll factories" with a significant offline trail. Because of this, we can trace its operations unusually well.

27 September 2015

‘A Syrian Love Story’ Follows One Family's Journey Through War and Exile

“I think the message of hope is in the defiance — the defiance of one family, who have all pulled through.”

23 September 2015

‘We Are Here To Support You': A Dutch Welcome for Refugees

The Bridge

Volunteers at Amsterdam's Central Station have banded together to welcome and support arriving refugees. "What I didn’t anticipate," writes Faten Busheri, "are the stories they would tell me."

22 September 2015

Charlie Hebdo's Cartoons of Alan Kurdi Spark Another Round of Free Speech Debates

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo kicks off a new free-speech debate with its latest cartoons about the refugee crisis and specifically deceased Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi.

17 September 2015

Netizen Report: Refugee Crisis Inspires Both Love and Hate Online

Global Voices Advocacy

As the refugee crisis spills into digital rights territory, authorities take aim at a leading media freedom NGO in Ecuador, and Austria's parliament proposes new state surveillance regime.

16 September 2015

This Is How Chechnya Deals With ISIS Recruiters

RuNet Echo

Kadyrov's video features Chechen men caught recruiting for ISIS on social networks, and the elderly people shouting at them are their relatives and local community leaders.

10 September 2015

Serbian Police Officer and Smiling Syrian Boy Show Europe How Welcoming Refugees Is Done

An image of a Serbian police officer cradling a Syrian toddler has many social media users praising the officer and hoping other police will follow suit.

9 September 2015

Ordinary Danes Offer ‘Welcome’ Antidote to Government's Anti-Refugee Ad

Danes crowdfunded an ad welcoming refugees after the Danish Ministry for Foreigners, Integration and Housing announced its intention to publish one dissuading refugees from travelling to Denmark.

8 September 2015

Dust Storm Envelops Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon

A massive dust storm is covering countries across the Western region of the Middle East today and tomorrow. Here are some photographs of the mess.

A Year Away From Syria

The Bridge

What happens to a Syrian activist and her ideals when she takes refuge outside her war-torn country?

5 September 2015

A Syrian Refugee Wants to Crowdfund His Own Restaurant in Brazil

Syrian refugee Talal Al-Tinawi is making his new Brazilian dream come true by crowdfunding to open a Syrian-Lebanese restaurant to share his love for cooking with the locals.

4 September 2015

GV Face: How Volunteers in Europe Are Opening Their Hearts and Homes to Refugees

GV Face

As governments are struggling to address the growing refugee crisis in Europe, ordinary citizens in Greece, Germany, and Hungary are organizing and even offering their homes to help refugees.

Alan Kurdi's Death Forces Canada to Confront Its Commitment to Helping Syrian Refugees

"As a grandfather, it's unbearable to see the image of that little body on a beach. Canada must act. Let’s not wait any longer."

How You Can Help Syrian (and Other) Refugees

The Bridge

The refugee crisis in Europe has many asking how they can direct their funds and attention to Syrian and other refugees.

2 September 2015

The Plight of a Syrian Refugee Planning His Escape to Europe Brings Out Xenophobia on Twitter

"In Germany I want 2get treatment. Was in regime prison 3 days. Nusra jail 70 days. FSA 7 days. IS 2 days," says a Syrian refugee.

Buy a Pen, Save a Life: A Syrian Father Inspires a Fundraising Cause

The #BuyPens campaign is a collaborative effort to help a Syrian refugee father, recently photographed selling a handful of pens in Beirut, Lebanon.

Hundreds of Austrians and Germans Turn Out to Welcome Refugees Arriving From Hungary

Refugees travelling through Austria to Germany were greeted with applause at train stations by Austrians and Germans bearing not only good will, but food, water sanitary products and toys.

31 August 2015

One Syrian Refugee's Long and Dangerous Journey to Europe

Before the war began, Thair Orfahli studied law in Lebanon and regularly visited his family in Syria. But as the violence intensified, he decided he had to leave.

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