Today in Syria. 

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


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…


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

This post originally appeared at SyriaDeeply.org


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

This post first appeared on SyriaDeeply.org


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


Syria ER: Sneaking to the Hospital Via Public Sewers

This post first appeared on SyriaDeeply.org


Originally from Homs, Dr. M. Zaher Sahloul is based in


Reactions: Egypt Withdraws from Syria

This post first appeared on SyriaDeeply.org


On Saturday, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi cut all diplomatic ties with Syria and backed a no-fly zone over the country. Deepening sectarian tensions between his Muslim Brotherhood and Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah, he also called on the latter group – which just helped the


What the Gezi Park Protesters Think of Erdogan’s Syria Policy

This post first appeared on SyriaDeeply.org


What’s the State of Syria’s Opposition?

This post first appeared on SyriaDeeply.org


Rex Brynen is a political science professor at McGill University in Montreal and an expert on Middle East conflict and development. He talked with Syria Deeply about the state of Syria’ s political opposition after the unraveling of talks earlier this month in Istanbul, and after


My Harrowing Escape from Qusayr (Part I)

This post first appeared on SyriaDeeply.org


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


Experts Weigh in on the U.S. Move to Arm Syria’s Rebels

This post first appeared on SyriaDeeply.org


Syria Deeply’s Beirut correspondent Alison Tahmizian Meuse asks analysts about the effects of the European Union lifting its embargo on weapons to Syrian rebels.

Volker Perthes, director of the Berlin-based German Institute for International


What’s the Impact of the EU Lifting Its Arms Embargo?

This post first appeared on SyriaDeeply.org


Syria Deeply’s Beirut correspondent Alison Tahmizian Meuse asks analysts about the effects of the European Union lifting its embargo on weapons to Syrian rebels.

Volker Perthes, director of the Berlin-based German Institute for International


One Year Trapped + Under Siege in Homs

This post first appeared on SyriaDeeply.org


Yazan Homsy is a university graduate trapped in the besieged area of Homs. He spends his days photographing daily life amid destruction and scavenging for food to share with his neighbors. With nowhere to go, the people of the besieged districts have been drawn together by their…


What’s Hezbollah’s Next Move in Syria?

This post first appeared on Syria Deeply.org.


Earlier this month, the Syrian Army and fighters from militant Lebanese group Hezbollah declared victory over opposition forces after a 17-day battle in Qusayr, marking a win for Hezbollah in its first active engagement in the Syrian conflict and the latest in a string of morale…


My 5-Month Journey Through Aleppo’s Dungeons

This post first appeared at SyriaDeeply.org


AYN AL-ARAB (KOBANI), ALEPPO PROVINCE / After losing one-third of his weight and sustaining multiple beatings over five months in prisons run by Syrian intelligence agencies, Mohammed Sheikh Nabi, a member of the Kurdish party Azadi, said he’d been certain he would die.


In Syria, Kidnapping Becomes a ‘Big-Money Business’

This post first appeared at Syria Deeply.


Peter N. Bouckaert, the Geneva-based emergencies director at Human Rights Watch, explains the sudden rise in kidnappings across Syria.

Karen Leigh, managing editor, Syria Deeply: Can you talk about the rise in kidnappings and the types of…


Will Istanbul’s Protests Shift Turkey’s Syria Stance?

This post originally appeared on SyriaDeeply.org.


ISTANBUL / As police fired tear gas and pointed pressurized water hoses at protesters marching towards Taksim Square in weekend anti-government protests, Syria’s regime was busy spinning Turkey’s predicament in its favor.


Where Rebels Drink Tea and Trade Arms

This post originally appeared on SyriaDeeply.org.


HASS, IDLIB PROVINCE / Far from the glamorous world of international weapons expos, rebels in Syria are trading heavy arms among themselves, conducting their business in modest homes over cups of tea.


Arts + Culture: Tammam Azzam’s Syrian Museum

This post originally appeared at SyriaDeeply.org.


Once, the artist Tammam Azzam woke each morning and walked the busy streets of Damascus until he reached his studio. There, he’d paint – landscapes, or whatever came to mind. Now he operates from a financial complex with takeout sushi and the Ritz-Carlton a stone’s…


Fear and Loathing in Aleppo’s Mental Hospital

This post originally appeared at SyriaDeeply.org.


In a city where many live in fear for their lives, some languish without even the psychological ability to grasp what is happening to them.

Deep inside the meandering, narrow streets of Aleppo’s once-prized Old City, behind a door that looks like…

Today in Syria. 
Today in Syria. 

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

More information