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A Prisoner of His Heart

After our village was shelled, my family and I were forced to flee, and we ended up in Alweibdeh village in the Idlib countryside. A newlywed woman named Nimah...

Patient Until Death

I first met Wafa, a sweet woman approaching 40, when she and her family moved to our village. They had fled regime oppression in Aleppo, and she ended up...

A Child’s Revolution

On February 13, 2016, a Saturday, I returned to my hometown of Taybat al-Imam. For the previous four years, I had been living an area an-hour-and-a-half away, so my...

Fadwa Wishes to Die

Fadwa, my 24-year-old cousin, is a paraplegic. During my last visit to see her – she can’t leave the house due to her condition – we had a heart-to-heart....

The First Day of Our Revolution

It wasn’t a normal day for the people of Homs. On 18 April, 2011, the city seemed to witness a rebirth. Demonstrations against the regime took place in most...

Civil Society Monitor

Sowing Seeds with the Qatari Red Crescent

Fateh al-Mousa, a 40-year-old grain trader and farmer, says that a Qatari Red Crescent scheme is working wonders to boost the local wheat market after years of war had...

Knitting the Way to a Brighter Future

A knitting project in the town of Maarrat al-Nu’man is both giving local women new economic tools and helping revive the local economy. The Tricot project, launched with the...

Helping the Forgotten

Hind, a widowed mother-of-three who lives in the al-Karama camp, could hardly believe her eyes when she finally received a heater to warm her cold tent. “I can’t believe...

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...

Daily Life

Fighting Over An Unexploded Missile

On January 12, 2017, the town of Dar al-Kabira near Kafr Nabel was targeted in a regime airstrike. Abu Mohammed, a resident of the nearby camp for internally displaced...

A Wartime Epidemic of Begging

Gumendar is 60 but looks much older, her face wrinkled by the trauma of the years of conflict. Originally from the village of al-Jabin in the Hama countryside, she...

Recycling Industry Booms in Idlib

Twelve-year-old Amer roams the streets of Maarrat al-Nu’man from morning to night, gathering whatever scraps of plastic and metal he can find. Covered in dust, his hair shaggy and...

Cancer Patients in Opposition Areas Cut Off From Treatment

Abu Thaer makes the long and arduous journey from Maarrat al-Nu’man to Damascus each month to ensure his four-year-old son can get free cancer treatment in a regime hospital....

Damascus Water Crisis Continues

Um Ahmed, a 45 year-old resident of the Bab al-Sarija area in Damascus, says it is a daily struggle to find fresh water. Her neighbourhood, like many others in...

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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