Al-Jumhuriya Fellowship for Young Writers

At the beginning of 2016, the Al-Jumhuriya Collective launched the Al-Jumhuriya Fellowship for Young Writers, in collaboration with the Asfari Foundation. The objective of the program is to work with young Syrian men and women - both inside Syria and in neighboring countries - who, due to the circumstances imposed by war, were not given a chance to specialize in the fields of journalism and social sciences, yet who have ambitions to develop their writing skills and strengthen their knowledge of social journalism and the modern history of Syria, as well as their critical thinking.

The articles below are the fruits of these young writers' experiences with the Al-Jumhuriya Fellowship.

Muhammad al-Khatib
5 July 2018

Three former ISIS fighters now undergoing “anti-extremism” courses at a center north of Aleppo tell our reporter the Assad regime’s brutality and slick video propaganda were among the top reasons they joined the world’s most reviled jihadist organization.

Wa'el Abd al-Hamid
20 June 2018

A military defector recounts his remarkable journey from the Assad regime’s army to a rebel brigade in Homs—via Palmyra prison—to exile in Idlib and, finally, menial labor in Turkey, where he still searches for the dignified life he hoped the revolution would bring him.