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Syria Deeply is an independent digital media project led by journalists and technologists, exploring a new model of storytelling around a global crisis.


Syria ER: Where They Conduct Operations on Kitchen Tables

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Dr. Greg Elder is deputy director of operations at Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders France. The organization currently operates five field hospitals in Syria. An emergency room doctor by training, Elder has made two trips into Syria


Syria: The Executive Summary, 10/10

Lara Setrakian (@Lara) and Karen Leigh (@leighstream) 


To give you an overview of the latest news, we’ve organized the latest Syrian developments in a curated summary.

Two Million More Refugees Expected in 2014. From Britain’s ITV news network: “The United Nation’s head of humanitarian aid, Baroness Amos…


Arts + Culture: Painting Ghouta’s Massacre, In 140 Characters

By Karen Leigh (@leighstream) 


Aleppo native Kinda Hibrawi is a painter and a cofounder of the Zeitouna Foundation, which provides arts education to Syrian children at the Atmeh refugee camp in Atmeh, Syria. In the wake of the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of…


Syrians React to Rebels’ Slaughter of Latakia Alawites

Karen Leigh (@leighstream) and Alison Tahmizian Meuse (@alitahmizian) 


Today, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on atrocities committed against civilians by rebel forces in coastal Latakia province. The U.S.-based watchdog group said that as many as 190 civilians were killed by extremist forces and…

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Syria Deeply is an independent digital media project led by journalists and technologists, exploring a new model of storytelling around a global crisis.

Syria Deeply is an independent digital media project led by journalists and technologists, exploring a new model of storytelling around a global crisis.


Conversations: A Weekend Game of Tennis in Damascus

Karen Leigh (@leighstream) 


As part of our effort to highlight civilian stories, below is a conversation between Syria Deeply and a Syrian woman in her 30s who works in the Damascus office of an international organization. She spoke about the lives of upper-middle-class citizens living and working in the


Meet Hazem: A 13-Year-Old Teacher in Azaz

Akil Hussein / Azaz and Alison Tahmizian Meuse (@alitahmizian) 


At 13, Hazem, who lives in Azaz, is one of Syria’s youngest teachers. He splits his days between normal life as just another student sitting in class with his fellow sixth-graders, and one as an educator, teaching the first and second graders at his…


Damascus Imam Becomes a Master of Disguise

This post originally appeared on SyriaDeeply.org.


GAZIANTEP, Turkey / Sitting in the salon of a modest house on the outskirts of this southern Turkish city, a group of Syrian refugees congregate around freshly prepared meze. Jokes are exchanged. Mahmud al-Hosseini sits cross-legged, anxiously rubbing his wrists…


Syria ER: Where They Conduct Operations on Kitchen Tables

This post originally appeared on SyriaDeeply.org


Dr. Greg Elder is deputy director of operations at Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders France. The organization currently operates five field hospitals in Syria. An emergency room doctor by training, Elder has made two trips into Syria


For Syrian Child Workers, a Shift Is Followed by Soccer

This post originally appeared on SyriaDeeply.org.


TRIPOLI, Lebanon / At a bustling petrol station in this northern coastal city, almost all of the workers are Syrian—some children. For refugee families that arrived from across the border with nothing, this is not child labor, but financial salvation.


Voices from Lebanon: Small Business Owner Hajj Bilal

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Hajj Bilal, a 35-year-old small business owner from Tripoli, recalls Syrian refugees starting to pour into into this northern Lebanese city in large numbers just five months after the Syrian revolt broke out. Since then, his network of businesses has been a…


My Harrowing Escape from Qusayr, Part II

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As part of our effort to highlight civilian stories, below is a conversation between Syria Deeply and Rifaie Tammas, a 24-year-old from Qusayr. The Lebanese militia Hezbollah, working with Syrian government troops, overran the key smuggling route between Lebanon and Homs