After last week’s arrest in France of a former “Army of Islam” spokesman, Orwa Khalife recounts the gruesome history of the militia, from kidnappings in the Damascus suburbs to ethnic cleansing in the Turkish border zone.
On the sixth anniversary of his wife Samira al-Khalil’s abduction, Yassin al-Haj Saleh says uncovering the truth about her whereabouts must be an indispensable part of the Syrian cause.
In his eleventh letter to his missing wife Samira al-Khalil, abducted in Douma in 2013, Yassin al-Haj Saleh ruminates on the temptations of vengeance, and the indispensability of justice.
Five years on from the kidnapping of the ‘Douma 4’ activists, Joey Ayoub pays homage to another Damascus suburb symbolic of Syria’s peaceful, democratic revolution.
Following the collapse of Jaysh al-Islam’s rule in Douma, Yassin al-Haj Saleh traveled to Turkey to seek answers from the city’s displaced residents about his wife, Samira, and three other activists abducted with her there in 2013.
Will there still be lemons on the tree of our house in Douma next year? wonders this displaced resident. If so, who will eat them?
In his ninth letter to his missing wife Samira al-Khalil, abducted in Douma in 2013, Yassin al-Haj Saleh writes that “a crack in the wall of your dark prison” may now have opened.
With Eastern Ghouta’s remaining residents in peril like never before, friends and relatives of four renowned civil society activists abducted there in 2013 appeal for their long-overdue release.
Yassin al-Haj Saleh's eighth letter to his missing wife Samira al-Khalil, abducted in Douma in 2013.
In the second of two pieces marking four years since the abduction of the 'Douma 4' activists, Karam Nachar tells the story of Razan Zaitouneh, the "exceptionally" courageous democracy activist who "terrified" Islamists and the Assad regime alike—and paid dearly for doing so.