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Stealing My Daughter’s Earrings

After the war forced us to leave our home in Kalaat al-Madiq, we found refuge in a village in the southern countryside of Idlib. We lived through a harsh...

A Brush With Death

My husband got a job with the government electricity company on January 27, 2011. He received a fairly low salary, but we managed. Then on September 15, less than...

When the Army Stole my Father’s Car

I remember the day the army arrived in our village of Maar Tahroma as if it was yesterday, although it was six long years ago. We woke up to...

Travelling to Turkey

After suffering through conflict, fear, homelessness and displacement, we finally decided to leave Syria and seek refuge in Turkey. I had always tried to delay thinking about this prospect,...

Should I Marry my Husband’s Brother?

One evening, six months after the death of my husband Ahmed, I sat with my mother and sisters in my parents’ house and talked about how my children and...

Civil Society Monitor

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...

Basamat: Empowering Women

The Basamat social centre recently opened its fourth sewing workshop in Idlib as part of an effort to boost vocational training in the city. With many families experiencing financial...

Achieve Dreams in Kafr Nabl

A training centre in Kafr Nabl is offering a range of courses to young people in an attempt to persuade them to stay in Syria rather than seek opportunities...

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...

Daily Life

The Perils of Cousin Marriage

When 29-year-old Alia looks at her two sick children, she wishes she could go back in time to refuse the arranged marriage that led to their illness. Both have...

The Alternative Kindergarten

A resident of Hass has turned his own garden into a makeshift kindergarten for children, nearly a year after the neighbourhood school was destroyed in a regime air strike....

How a Tent Became a School

Ten-year-old Manar has been living in a tent for the last two years, after she was displaced with her family from their home in Hama. But Manar is delighted...

Idlib Residents Complain of Crime Surge

Residents of rural Idlib say they are experiencing a wave of robbery and kidnappings, with the military factions who control the area unable to combat the crime surge. There...

Rebuilding Latakia’s Healthcare System

A newly-established hospital is offering treatment free-of-charge to those in need across the whole of western Idlib and the Latakia countryside. Fully equipped to treat emergency cases, the Sahel...

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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