• Al Qaeda’s deadly legacy in Ras al-Ayn

    December 9, 2013 by marine_olivesi in with 0 COMMENTS

    Kurdish authorities say Al Qaeda-linked groups planted dozens of landmines and booby traps before retreating from the outskirts of Ras al-Ayn early November.

    Here, the distressed sister of a YPG fighter killed by one such device in Tell Halaf.

    Darbasiyah, November 19, 2013


  • Story of Deir Ezzor’s Delivery Duo Wins Top Radio Prize at Bayeux War Correspondent Awards

    October 16, 2013 by marine_olivesi in with 0 COMMENTS

  • A sad addendum

    March 22, 2013 by marine_olivesi in with 0 COMMENTS

    I had just returned to Lesvos after spending the week with Syrian refugees on their Odyssey out of hell.


    My mind ripe with buoyant and broken voices, I was trying to put together a radio story on that family of 16 Syrian-Palestinians I had met outside the local police station. How to cram into a 5′ report their journey from Damascus to Istanbul to Lesvos? How to make the most of the hours of tape I had recorded traveling with them from the Greek island to Athens, in search of everything from a roof to sleep under, a pro-bono lawyer, a SIM card and a decent shawarma place?


    As the story was slowly falling into places, I found time to catch up with Efi, an activist who’s doing much with little to help those who arrive every day on Lesvos’ shores. And I took one more good look at the glittering Mediterranean before taking the ferry boat back to Turkey.


    I wish I could have seen them.


    9 Syrians died off of the coast of Lesvos that day. Like dozens of others every week, they embarked on a dingy boat from Turkey, then went missing. Relatives searched for them until the sea gave 6 bodies back earlier this week.


    A 3 and a 7 year old girl, their mother along with a pregnant 17 year old, a father and his young son.


    This man is still looking for his child. He knows he’s dead. He just doesn’t want the fish to eat his son’s body.


  • Europe Within Reach, The View From Turkey

    March 13, 2013 by marine_olivesi in with 0 COMMENTS

    A view on the island of Lesvos, some 8km away from the Turkish coast.

  • Irish Emigration at “Famine Level”

    February 24, 2013 by marine_olivesi in with 0 COMMENTS

    Just fished out this interesting story from theĀ  Irish Independent which claims that with more than 200 people leaving the island every day last year, the level of Irish emigration in 2012 has reached that of the “Great Famine.”


    Quite a stunning parallel between the state of today’s austerity-driven Europe and one of the 19th century’s largest humanitarian disaster in the Old Continent.


    The Great Famine lasted nearly a decade and drove between 1 and 2 million Irish out of their country. Most sought refuge from starvation to Great Britain, Australia and North America. This time again, England and Australia are the destination of choice for most of the 87,000 who emigrated last year.


    As I’m heading to Greece next week, I’ll keep my ears open for signs of a similar exodus there… With a quarter of its population currently unemployed and over 50% of working-age Greeks under 26 jobless, it’s hard to imagine Greeks aren’t voting with their feet as well.


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