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Stories about Syria

27 June 2018

Did Syrians really have a choice? Final days in Ghouta: Caught between an immediate death and a delayed one

"Should we leave the land of our childhood? How can I take my wife and kids from a dark reality to an unknown one? Many questions and no definitive answers."

12 June 2018

‘You cannot be a liberator and a thief at the same time': Video shows Russian forces disciplining Syrian soldiers for looting

"Russia appears to be casting itself as a protector of the same people whom its forces have either killed, maimed or made homeless"

7 May 2018

‘I wanted my grandchildren to grow up in that house': Testimony of a 61-year-old Syrian woman from Zamalka

The Bridge

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. 

27 April 2018

Telcos must disclose more data about internet shutdowns, say civil society groups

Advox

New research shows that the world's largest telecommunications companies disclose little to no information about their network shutdown policies and practices.

22 April 2018

China Central Television backs Russian version of the Syrian crisis, saying chemical attacks were staged

Russia claims the Syrian chemical attacks were staged; China's state media echoes that narrative, but not everyone is buying into it.

17 April 2018

Syria and the anti-imperialism of idiots

The Bridge

"This anti-war left exhibits deeply authoritarian tendencies, that place states at the centre of political analysis. . . . "

19 March 2018

Ghouta's Youth Become War Reporters to Shine a Light on Suffering Civilians

"I want to be a journalist to convey the innocents' suffering or study chemistry to make medicine to the people." - Noor, 12 years old, Eastern Ghouta

5 March 2018

In Damascus, Solidarity with Besieged East Ghouta is Dangerous

"There is nothing we can do. They have military might on their side. Even the UN and international community have proved inept. We are trapped in our helplessness."

4 March 2018

‘May It Be a Quick Death!’ The Testimony of East Ghouta Dentist Aous Al Mubarak

The Bridge

"It is difficult for me to describe the exhaustion, the disaster and the horrors, and their cumulative effect over the past seven years..."

28 February 2018

“Stop Bombing Syria!” Berlin Protest Demands Immediate Ceasefire in Ghouta and Afrin

"We can no longer accept this inferno in Eastern Ghouta! We cannot remain silent about the murders of Turkey in Afrin!"

20 February 2018

“Do Others Know We Exist?”: A Nurse's Testimony from Syria's Besieged Eastern Ghouta

The Bridge

"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."

#ThemToo: Syrian Women Tell Stories of Rape in Regime Prisons

"Raped women are caught between the anvil of the regime and the hammer of society."

12 February 2018

ISIS Has Left the Syrian City of Raqqa, but Its Landmines Continue to Maim and Kill

"I sent one of my sons to check our home near the clock roundabout, but when he arrived, the landmines were waiting for him in front of the house's door".

3 January 2018

Cancer Center in Syria's Besieged East Ghouta Struggles to Survive

“It’s the biggest disaster we face. Sixty of those who are being treated must be evacuated now,” Dr. Muhammed said. “We can save others if medications are allowed inside.”

25 December 2017

In Memory of Aleppo

The Bridge

"We are alive, we will keep going, and the dream will be realized"

14 December 2017

Graphic Journalists and Illustrators Draw Alternative Narratives in Syria

"Contrary to a common prejudice, comics can help address serious, difficult issues. This form allows, if not requires, the reporter to be part of the story he tells."

9 December 2017

Syrian and Lebanese: On the Conflict of Identities

The Bridge

"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...."

28 November 2017

As Syrian Government Trumpets Military Wins, Fear Continues to Grip Locals in Damascus

''They would search databases saved on their computers. If my name is found, I will be dispatched to one of the front lines.''

5 November 2017

What Happens when Montenegro Citizens Return Home After Fighting in Foreign Wars?

The documentary "The Road of No Return?" raises the issue of Montenegro and Balkan citizens who participate in foreign wars in Syria and in Ukraine and then return home.

15 October 2017

Syrian Architects Challenge ‘Post-War’ Reconstruction with Real-Time Designs

"You as architects, planners sometimes draw beautiful drawings, but every line you put on your drawing will decide who gets to come back and who doesn’t get to come back."