Message from Besieged Damascus Suburbs: The Situation is Dangerous

Translated by; Aishah Barazi “Go Crazy with Your Siege” is all that can be done by the poor Syrians who live in liberated areas which have been under tight siege since months. The patient besieged by the lack of medicines and doctors; has two options either to live with his illness and accept the idea …

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The General Authority for Civil Defence in Douma: Volunteers Doing their Best

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles on the new institutions in areas controlled by the Syrian opposition in the liberated Eastern Ghouta area outside Damascus. These reports are designed to highlight the efforts of activists and local residents to fill the void created by the absence of state institutions. (Douma, …

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A Journey in Damascus Between The Regime Controlled and Liberated Areas

Translated by; Aishah Barazi A friend has recently moved from Damascus city to the liberated suburbs and told me that she spent the most overwhelming two hours of her entire life! Those two hours do not even compare neither to her long years of imprisonment nor to anything else she experienced in her life. She …

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Battalions of the Free Syrian Army Devoted for Aid Work

Translated by; Aishah Barazi How can anyone account for the phenomenon of having FSA battalions in some of Syria’s liberated areas joining service and civil work as well as spending huge amounts of funds on them while battles continue at many frontiers in those areas? Assuming that the giving authorities truly aim to help the …

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Electricity in Syria: The Suggested Solutions Curse Darkness But Don’t Light Up Candles

Translated by; Aishah Barazi How could the last flame of a candle become a distinguished remark of your day?! In the beginning, you will truly regret not bringing another candle before the first candle had extinguished. Then, you will also regret spending time on your “laptop” writing nonsense till its battery became dead instead of …

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Portraits of The Atrocities: Injured and Ill Without Treatment

Translated by; Aishah Barazi In similar situations of which the Syrian people are going through, one can understand the process of dealing with our ordeal as per a priority list. For instance, rescuing a person shot by a sniper comes before providing a prosthetic peripheral for another who lost a leg due to a splinter. …

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Women at The Local Coordination Committees.. The Passive Voice!

Translated by Aishah Barazi In a conversation lately with one of the Local Coordination Committees (LCC) activists, he expressed with sorrow that the committee’s reputation is not good in his area. “Many people are saying that LCC is led by women.” Which -in his perspective- weakens the status of the committees’ activists in their areas …

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