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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...

Sleeping with Fear, Waking with Fear

We fled to the town of Maar Tahroma after the army took control of our village. A few days later, my elder sister Mary came to visit us. On...

Civil Society Monitor

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...

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...

Daily Life

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...

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....

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.

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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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