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He Refused to Say “Bashar”

It was Sunday, July 31, 2011, and we were preparing to welcome the month of Ramadan. My son Radwan had high hopes that the revolution would finally succeed during...

A Birth That Felt Like Death

When I woke up on that morning in August 2015, all I could think about was returning home. We had fled our village because of the relentless bombing of...

A Day of Rage

One morning in April 2013, we woke up to find residents of our refugee camp up in arms over the death of a child in an electrical fire the...

Faten’s Story

“My father and mother married 20 years ago. My mother was then aged 35 and considered old, so she agreed to marry my father even though he already had...

A Night of Fear

In a war in which we have been trying to win for so long, we often feel that we are prisoners in our own country. With their usual brutality,...

Civil Society Monitor

Bringing Water Back to Kafr Nabl

Locals in Kafr Nabel have high hopes of a revived water pumping scheme which aims to solve ongoing shortages in many liberated areas. A project to solve this crisis...

Anemone Organisation: Helping Hope Bloom

Um Amjad left the headquarters of Idlib’s Anemone organisation with a smile on her face. The 36-year-old widow from Maarrat al-Nu’man said the monthly stipend she had just received...

Saving Syria’s Cultural Heritage

Activists in Idlib have established a centre to protect cultural heritage amidst a conflict which has seen the widespread destruction of many of Syria’s archaeological treasures.. Historic sites have...

Idlib’s Next Generation of Farmers

Abu Wael is filled with happiness every time he takes his son Mohammed to the family’s olive grove and watches him tend to the trees.   Mohammed, a graduate...

Aid, Healthcare and Hope

Hundreds of people in Idlib and Aleppo provinces are accessing medical treatment and training thanks to the efforts of the Syria for Relief and Development organisation (SRD), a group...

Daily Life

Soaring Bread Prices Add to Idlib’s Woes

Fuel shortages, a poor harvest and falling subsidies have led to a serious bread shortage in opposition-controlled areas of the Idlib countryside. In some villages in the Idlib countryside...

No Schools, No Textbooks and No Teachers

Every day, early in the morning, Um Juwan walks her teacher son to the bus that carries staff to one of the schools in Qamishli’s southern countryside. With a...

Exorcising Demons in Idlib

In August 2015, a few days after her engagement party, Amal (not her real name) was enjoying tea with her sisters when she complained of a headache. She got...

Women Losing Their Hard-Won Freedoms

Safaa was just 15 when she took her own life. Married off against her will, the girl poisoned herself eight months after her wedding. Safaa’s aunt Rahma, 50, said,...

Combating the Scourge of Child Soldiers

Activists in Idlib have launched a campaign to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers in the Syrian civil war.   Locals say that the sight of underage boys manning...

Women's Blog

Women are among the hardest-hit by the war in Syria, yet many play vital roles in the struggle for human rights, gender equality, reconciliation and social justice.

The Syria Stories Women’s Blogs provides a space for female writers to share their experiences of conflict and daily life both in Syria or as refugees abroad.

Most of them have had no previous experience of formal writing, but now have a platform where they can publish their views amid ongoing atrocities, mass displacement, collapsing public services, and personal tragedies.

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Since 2007, IWPR works with Syrian reporters, bloggers and activists to support freedom of expression, human rights and democracy.

Our work focuses on strengthening independent media, civil society and human rights groups, and on helping them sustain their efforts in an extreme environment.

Syria is one of the most dangerous media environments in the world.

Independent media workers face extreme threats both inside and outside the country, yet journalism has a vital, unique role to play in uncovering atrocities, abuses and lies.

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