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Lost In Grief

Maha, a 29-year-old woman from Kafr Nabl, lost her father when she was just 14 years old. She was the eldest child, with a younger sister and three little...

Syria’s Soil Even If Thrown Above Our Bodies

Marwan’s mother (37 years old) from the countryside of Idlib, crossed into Turkey a year ago to escape death. She lived a difficult life with her family. Therefore, she...

The Pain of a Syrian Mother

Um Hani, a 45 year-old from the Idlib countryside, recalls accompanying her son Hani’s body to the cemetery. “Perhaps one of the most painful things a mother can do...

My Wheelchair and I

A woman fights to be well enough to return home.

I Can Still Smell the Blood

My family and I were having lunch on the afternoon of  September 15, 2013 in our home in the city of al-Tabqah when we heard the sound of distant...

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

Horse Carts Return to Syria’s Streets

Horse-drawn carts are returning to the streets of Maarat al-Nu’uman, as high fuel costs take their toll on the local economy. With fewer and fewer people able to afford...

Community Initiative Refits Shelters

As soon as she hears the warning sirens sound over the town of Hish,  Khadija rushes with her children and grandchildren to the nearby shelter. The 64 year-old said...

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'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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