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Divorced for Failing to Have Children

My sister Amani got married when she was just 16. At first, she seemed to be very happy. She loved her husband and he loved her back. However, two...

The Fate of a Girl

I was very fond of Zara, the 15-year-old daughter of one of my neighbours. Everyone could see how beautiful and intelligent she was. Her parents had been displaced from...

Sold by Islamic State

Raghda was 11 years old when she was kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) fighters on August 3, 2014. Over the next three years, her captors would sell her 16...

An Unfinished Love Story

I was sitting drinking coffee with my sister-in-law one day during a family visit when she mentioned that a relative of hers was looking for a bride. She suggested...

I Hit My Daughter

It was December 23, 2015, in the middle of a harsh, cold winter. Behind the walls of my parents’ house, my children and I were alone. It was a...

Civil Society Monitor

What if Idlib falls?

A few kilometers away from the frontline battle in South Eastern Rif Idlib, entire areas are lost as Baath party forces and their allies advance. Villages and towns fall...

Syria: Kafr Nabel Clinic Provides Vital Vaccinations

Rawan al-Junaid, 24, says that she no longer feels she has to worry so much about her baby Amjad’s health. The one-year-old boy has now had all his immunisations...

Kafr Nabl’s New Driving School for Women

A new driving school for women in Kafr Nabl is defying social prejudice to teach much-needed skills in the liberated areas. The Mazaya women’s centre’s private school, supported by...

No to Losing a Generation

Young people in rural Idlib have been given new hope by a scheme that aims to help them complete their high school studies. The ongoing war has disrupted the...

Strengthening Institutions in Opposition Areas

An independent organisation headquartered in Gazientep, Turkey, aims to strengthen institutions in opposition-controlled areas of northern Syria by coordinating activities between local councils and civil society. The Eastern Mediterranean...

Daily Life

Kidneys for Sale in Northern Syria

Adverts offering human kidneys for sale have begun to appear among online listings for mobile phones and second-hand cars on social media pages in northern Syria. Some Syrians say...

Syrian Kids are Taking Up Smoking

Wissam, 12, lights a cigarette and smokes it with obvious enjoyment, despite his hacking cough. His 37-year-old mother Manar says she has repeatedly tried to stop him from smoking,...

Dividing Hass’s Mountain

The local council in Hass is rolling out a scheme to resolve territorial disputes by dividing the mountain on which the town sits between all its residents. An area...

Syrians Turn to Online Learning

Adult education is going online as a way to overcome the difficulties of studying amid the Syrian conflict, with finance, education and e-commerce courses proving particularly popular. “I chose...

The Syrian Women Saving Lives

It was no easy matter for Abeer, 31, to pursue her ambition to wear the uniform of a Syrian civil defence worker. Not only did she have to learn...

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.

Our writers help reveal the realities of the situation on the ground as well as contributing to the historical record of a brutal period of conflict.

Their stories also serve as an alternative to the pervasive accounts of groups with specific and often extremist agendas to promote.

Syria Stories is the new face of a website formerly known as Damascus Bureau. Through our Daily Life, Civil Society Monitor, Women’s Blogs and Photo Blogs, we share original content from Syrians inside and outside the country documenting their lives amid the ongoing conflict. The writers are all IWPR-trained men and women dedicated to independent reporting.

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