GHOUTA, Damascus Province – The long road is riddled with obstacles and mines. Only luck determines whether a person crosses it safely. This dark road is lit only by faith and the shattered remains of dreams.
For three days, news about the road dwarfed everything else. The road opened its arms, and the bodies of the young men fighting to keep it open lined up like a bridge, one martyr after another, so that the living could make it to the other side.
Damascus- up until now the destiny and whereabouts of the young Dr. Ahmad Saleem AlBiqaei, aka Ahmad the Free, are still unknown since the day he was abducted on November 4th, 2013 in one the liberated areas in Eastern Ghouta.
Ahmad was of the pioneering doctors to join the revolution, he put all of his efforts, energy and capabilities to serve it. He established the "Save a Soul" medical team which operates in several villages in the area.
Ghouta, Damascus Province – I was destined to experience the siege with a friend of mine who spent many years in prison. Hardly an event goes by without her comparing the siege to prison, saying that the two experiences are greatly similar in more ways than one.
In both instances, you are confined to a specific and small area. It is all about the same faces and the same stories. One has to learn to suppress their desires, even the most basic ones. Much like...
الغوطة، ريف دمشق - قُدِّر لي أن أعيش تجربة الحصار مع صديقة قضَت سنوات عدّة من حياتها في المعتقل. يندر أن يمر موقف من غير أن تقارن الحصار بالسجن، تقول إن التجربتين متشابهتان إلى حدّ بعيد في أوجه كثيرة
المكان بقعة جغرافية محدّدة لا يمكن تجاوزها. الوجوه نفسها تتكرر، والحكايات. الرغبات يجب التعلّم على كبحها حتى أبسطها وأكثرها بديهية. وكما حياة السجين بيد الجلاد، فإن حياة المحاصر بيد قاذف الهاون وكابتن الميغ وشبح الجوع والمرض
The Syrian regime makes it difficult for relief organizations to deliver aid to those who need it most
In Syria, when a regime official calls the local Red Crescent chapter and asks for food rations, local aid workers can not deny this request even if it is taken from the people’s share. They have no choice but to yield to orders under the threat of a “security report” that would cost them their freedom and perhaps even their lives.
دمشق - يروي نشطاء ومواطنون في مناطق توجد فيها مراكز إغاثية تابعة للهلال الأحمر السوري والصليب الأحمر وسواها من المنظمات الإنسانية الدولية، الكثير عن طريقة تعامل النظام السوري مع توزيع المساعدات التي يفترض وصولها عبر تلك المنظمات إلى المحتاجين في الداخل السوري
يتّصل أحد المسؤولين في النظام بشعبة الهلال الأحمر مثلاً لطلب وجبات غذائية من حصص الأهالي. ولا يملك القائمون على الشعبة خيار الرفض أو القبول، وليس لديهم إلا الامتثال للأوامر تحت طائلة "تقرير أمني" قد يو...
Why does the West insist on dealing with our dead and injured as if they were less valuable than a Westerner – and as if our casualties don’t even deserve respect or compassion?
After the chemical massacre in Syria’s two Ghoutas, we believed that the world would, at last, take our interests into account in one way or another. We did not believe that, upon seeing hundreds of dead children, the international community would act only in favour of its narrow in...
Despite the obstacles to accessing information on military support for Syrian rebels, what has emerged so far is enough to determine that the international community and some Arab states are seeking to weaken the Free Syrian Army and its various brigades, which are moved by a purely national project, in favor of al-Qaeda supporters or other less fanatic movements, which nonetheless have the same general thinking and are bound by policies drawn by non-Syria...