Aired on March 27, 2015 — PRI’s The World
After a year in a Syrian jail being tortured by the regime’s police, 24-year-old activist Karam Al Hamad finally escaped to Turkey last fall. He has just been accepted for a fellowship at Syracuse University, but the road is proving harder than he expected.
Aired on Oct 9, 2014 — PRI’s The World
The Syrian city of Kobane has survived a 25th day under siege from the forces of ISIS. But the defenders are increasingly wary of the night, when coalition jets go home and ISIS launches attacks, and many Kurds fear the air campaign isn’t enough to save the city.
Aired on March 6, 2014 — PRI’s The World
As the war in Syria nears its third anniversary, the conflict has increasingly been defined by a sharp influx of foreign fighters on both sides of the front line.
Hundreds of Europeans have joined the armed insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad. Scores of others have joined the fight from North Africa and other Arabic countries.
Here’s the story of one Libyan who’s been trying to get his younger brother out of the embattled country.
Aired on Jan 21, 2014 — PRI’s The World
This week, delegates of the Syrian opposition and the Syrian regime will meet for the first time after three years of turmoil. The Geneva II conference was first designed as a platform to broker a transitional government but expectations have shrunk in recent weeks. Analysts now expect negotiations to focus on localized cease-fires and exchange of prisoners, not a road map to end the war.
Absent of Geneva II will also be one of the biggest player in the civil war –the al Qaeda affiliated group that controls much of north-eastern Syria and has clashed with the FSA in recent weeks.
Most of their fighters are foreign jihadists… And here’s the story of one Syrian who has recently been forced into exile by the very men he helped bring into Syria.
Aired on September 10, 2013 — PRI’s The World
More than 2 million Syrians have fled the civil war into neighboring countries. In the Turkish city of Urfa, dozens cluster nights and days around the wooden picnic tables of a park in the outskirts of town. Most of them come from the Syrian city of Raqqa, and arrived in Turkey only recently.
Persistent airstrikes by the regime and widespread shortages were bad enough, they say. The takeover of their city by Dawlat al-Islamyia over the summer was the last straw.
Aired on October 6, 2012 — CBC’s The World this Weekend
This week’s shelling and mortar strikes across the Turkish-Syrian border have escalated an already tense situation. Lost in the coverage are the thousands of Syrian refugees attempting to flee into Turkey.
Turkish authorities have started restricting access as the country struggles to keep up with the sharp influx of refugees. Since late August, they only take in refugees gradually while expanding the capacity of Turkish refugee camps.
In the meantime, thousands are stuck in limbo on the Syrian side of the border.
Aired on Sept 30, 2012 — CBC’s The World this Weekend
Syrian opposition forces captured last week a third border-crossing on the Turkish/Syrian border, consolidating their grip on the northern part of the country.
With weapons and humanitarian aid transiting through, Syria’s border with Turkey has long been a lifeline for the armed opposition. But a porous border has its risks for both sides. In a fresh attempt to monitor wanted and unwanted trafficking, the FSA set up its first-ever border patrol.
Aired on Sept 13, 2012 — PRI’s The World
The number of refugees registered in Syria’s neighboring countries has topped a quarter of a million according to the UN Refugee Agency, with Turkey hosting about a third of the refugee population.
Turkish authorities are building four new camps to keep up… But the influx is taking a toll on the Southern town of Antakya, where many Syrian families and activists have settled. Growing tensions with the local community have prompted authorities to take fresh action to ease the burden on the border region.
Aired on March 27, 2012 — PRI’s The World
Published on March 29, 2012 — BBC News
Two Syrian-American brothers who sneak back into Syria to fight the government run into their father in the besieged city of Idlib. And their father is none too happy to see them.
Aired on March 15, 2012 — PRI’s The World
This story won a bronze award for Best Coverage of Ongoing News Story at the 2012 New York Festival International Radio Awards.
The conflict in Syria started a year ago today when hundreds gathered in the southern town of Deraa to demand the release of 15 school children. They had been arrested a few days earlier for writing anti-regime graffiti on their school walls.
Protests in Deraa quickly grew and spread around the country. What was for months a peaceful uprising escalated into an armed conflict when part of the opposition took up arms.
Children haven’t been spared in the violence. The UN says over 500 were killed. And thousands have fled with their families to neighboring countries.