Loading map...


  • Duo Delivers Food to Families Trapped by Snipers
    June 5, 2013 by marine_olivesi in CBC's The World this Weekend

    Aired on May 25 — CBC’s The World this Weekend


    This story won the top radio prize at the 20th Bayeux-Calvados awards for war correspondents


    The city of Deir Ezzor on the Euphrates’ river banks has been divided since last summer between government and opposition forces. Rebel-held neighborhoods have been battered by heavy shelling and widespread shortages for months, yet thousands of civilians still live there.


    A few dozen families have it worst than most: They became virtual prisoners in their homes when snipers moved in to their neighborhood. Two locals have stepped up to ease their predicament.




  • Syrian-Armenians Fret Over Christians’ Future in Syria
    April 4, 2013 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on April 1, 2013 – PRI’s The World


    Up to 10,000 Syrians of Armenian descent have fled to their ancestors’ birthplace since the start of the war in Syria. Unlike most Syrian refugees, they are Christians and say they support Bashar al-Assad’s secular regime.

    I spent the weekend with one Syrian-Armenian family as they celebrated their first Easter in the Armenian capital, Yerevan.


  • Traveling With Syrian Refugees in Greece
    March 13, 2013 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on March 11, 2013 — PRI’s The World


    More than a million refugees have fled the civil war in Syria, and the UNHCR warns that figure could triple by the year’s end if the conflict continues.


    Nine out of ten Syrian refugees have found shelter in neighboring countries –Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. But some are pushing the road in exile a little further: Over 33,000 Syrians have sought shelter in Europe since the conflict began.


    Syrians are now the second largest group of refugees to enter the European Union (right after Afghans). Most arrive in a country going through its own turmoil: Greece.


  • War Shatters Religious Diversity in Alawis’ Heartland
    February 5, 2013 by marine_olivesi in Deutsche Welle

    Aired on Jan 30, 2013 — DW’s World in Progress


    Syria’s north-western region has been a focal point of the civil war since last summer, with contrasted outcomes. In Aleppo, both sides are still locked in a deadly stalemate. The armed insurgency has been more decisive in Idlib with the capture earlier this month of the largest military airbase in Syria’s north.


    Less noticed are the skirmishes in the coastal region of Latakia, the historic capital of the alawite sect and a power base of the Assad family. Yet opposition forces have been chipping away at the regime there as well, with religious diversity a collateral damage of the ongoing fighting.



  • Things Seen & Heard in Libya
    January 1, 2013 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on December 14, 2012 — PRI’s The World


    Getting debriefed on Libya by Marco Werman –from finding Gaddafi’s body to the states of “Tripoli Street” and Libya’s youth.


  • Thousands Still Missing in Post-Revolution Libya
    January 1, 2013 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on December 10, 2012 — PRI’s The World


    One year ago, Libya’s transitional government started registering and investigating cases of missing persons. At the time, authorities pointed to high figures: Up to 20,000 people were believed to have gone missing during the 8-month long conflict.


    The Ministry of the Martyrs and Missing People says the figure over the past year has gone down to just over 2,100 cases. But families who are still looking for relatives complain search efforts have stalled.


  • In Ghadames, a Wedge between Tuaregs and Arabs
    January 1, 2013 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on November 19, 2012 — PRI’s The World


    Libya’s first elected government was sworn in last week. Many challenges lie ahead for the authorities –from reining in the country’s militias to building a new justice system.


    The Libyan government will also have to deal with a seemingly less pressing, but just as critical issue: How to reconcile the many tribal and ethnic groups who have found themselves on opposite sides of last year’s conflict?


    In the oasis town of Ghadames, two communities that lived in peace for centuries have grown apart since the uprising.




  • Celebrating Eid al-Adha in Libya’s Ruins
    January 1, 2013 by marine_olivesi in CBC's The World this Weekend

    Aired on Oct 28, 2012 — CBC’s The World this Weekend


    Today marks the last day of Eid celebrations across the Muslim world. In Tripoli, some Libyan families spent the “Feast of the Sacrifice” in the ruins of the old regime –quite literally.