Category Archives: Syrian refugees

Syrian women refugees humiliated, exploited in Turkey

Publication: Al-Monitor

REYHANLI, Turkey — Dima* is a confident 21-year-old with pale skin and big brown eyes. Her black headscarf is wrapped loosely around her head above her pink dress.

She has two small children and a husband, but he currently works as a cab driver in Lebanon. Every month, Adly sends her money. However, it has been hard to make a living as a refugee, prompting Dima to look for a job as well. Continue reading Syrian women refugees humiliated, exploited in Turkey

Syrian refugees tell of barrel bombing horror

Publication: Al-Monitor

KILIS, Turkey — With her pale face and dark circles under her eyes, Amal looks like she hasn’t slept in days. And she hasn’t, she tells Al-Monitor, because of the constant explosions in her neighborhood.

Two days before, Amal and her children fled to Turkey with only a few suitcases, leaving everything else behind. In a park near the Turkish-Syrian border, the woman describes why she had to leave her house in Aleppo, the home where Continue reading Syrian refugees tell of barrel bombing horror

Syrian rebel fighter recalls torture inside ISIS prison

Publication: Al-Monitor

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — A young Syrian rebel fighter recounts the horrific experience of spending more than three months imprisoned by the radical Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

It had been 20 days since Mohammed’s arrival in Turkey, after having spent more than three grueling months inside prisons run by the notorious Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria. Mohammed, 20, came to Gaziantep from the Syrian town of Al-Bab in Aleppo province, where ISIS has imposed a strict interpretation of Sharia Continue reading Syrian rebel fighter recalls torture inside ISIS prison

‘Je hoort gesuis en dan gegil’ Vatbommen slopen in Aleppo de ene woonwijk na de andere

Publicatie: Algemeen Dagblad

KILIS- Terwijl de wereld zich met andere conflicten bezighoudt, gaat het drama in Syrië gewoon door. De vatbommen, olievaten vol explosieven en metaal, worden nog steeds vanuit helikopters op woonwijken gegooid. ‘Waarom doet niemand iets?’

In een park op een paar kilometer afstand van Syrië staart de 57-jarige Amal voor zich uit. Het is inmiddels 2 dagen geleden dat ze halsoverkop uit Aleppo Continue reading ‘Je hoort gesuis en dan gegil’ Vatbommen slopen in Aleppo de ene woonwijk na de andere

Syrian children suffer, adapt to war

Publication: Al-Monitor

REYHANLI, Turkey- Children at a Syrian field hospital near the Turkish border accept the war as the new normal.

Three weeks ago, 15-year-old Mohammed was a normal, healthy boy. Although he lived in a war-torn country, he played with his friends and bought groceries for his mother whenever she asked. One day, he went to the bakery to get some bread for dinner later that night. Suddenly, he heard a big blast, fell to the ground Continue reading Syrian children suffer, adapt to war

Verdwenen Syriërs

Publicatie: De Tijd 

De Syrische burgeroorlog maakte al minstens 110.000 doden en joeg 7 miljoen Syriërs op de vlucht. Ondertussen verdwenen tienduizenden anderen van de radar. Ze werden opgepakt en opgesloten in geheime gevangenissen. Wie vrijkomt, getuigt over gruwelijke martelpraktijken.

De Syriër Jad Bantha (32) woonde al een tijdje in het buitenland, maar keerde terug naar Damascus om met zijn vrienden deel te nemen aan de protesten tegen het regime van president Bashar al- Assad. Midden 2011 stond plots de Syrische geheime dienst voor zijn deur. Bantha belandde in de gevangenis. Continue reading Verdwenen Syriërs

Syrians describe brutal prison torture

Written for Al Jazeera

Amnesty International says government forces are responsible for “a shocking catalogue of abuses” in secret jails.

Syrian activist Jad Bantha came back to Damascus after a long period of living abroad. He wanted to participate in the revolution and started attending protests. One day, after doing so in early 2011, he was taken from his home, in front of his parents, by security forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. He told them not to worry. Continue reading Syrians describe brutal prison torture

Syrian refugees embark on exodus from Egypt

Written for Al Jazeera 

Sixth of October City, Egypt – Salem, the owner of a small market in this Cairo suburb, knows all the Syrian refugees living in a neighbourhood that has come to be known as “Little Damascus”. He wears a “Free Syria” bracelet like many other Syrians in this area. “You see that guy over there? His brother went to Italy by boat two weeks ago. He arrived safely and now he wants to go too,” whispered Salem, who asked that his real name not be used in this article. Continue reading Syrian refugees embark on exodus from Egypt

Syrian tragedy plays out on Jordan’s streets

 

Syrian refugees in Jordan. PHOTO: BRENDA STO

Published: Al Monitor

Almost every hospital in Jordan has a ward where Syrians can receive free health care after being severely wounded in Syria.

AMMAN – At Al-Jazeera Hospital in Amman, Fatima, 10, cried when she talked about what happened to her right eye, which is covered in bandages. Tears mixed with blood ran down her cheeks and onto her pillow.

“Don’t cry, sweetheart. You are so beautiful. Look at your new nail polish. Isn’t it lovely?” the nurse said. Fatima wiped away her tears, while the nurse continued whispering words of comfort in her ear. Continue reading Syrian tragedy plays out on Jordan’s streets

Jordanian hospitals manage care for wounded Syrians

Written for Al Monitor

AMMAN- At Al-Jazeera Hospital in Amman, Fatima, 10, cried when she talked about what happened to her right eye, which is covered in bandages. Tears mixed with blood ran down her cheeks and onto her pillow. Continue reading Jordanian hospitals manage care for wounded Syrians

Teenage Syrian refugees wed ‘for protection’

 

A wedding shop in Za’atari. PHOTO: BRENDA STOTER

Za’atari, Jordan – Fatima sits in a beauty salon getting her hair and make-up done by young female refugees. Their pink, white and blue dresses with lots of little fake diamonds are shining in the afternoon sun. Continue reading Teenage Syrian refugees wed ‘for protection’

Schelden op Assad en huilen om verloren ledematen

Amal, 4 jaar oud, verloor haar zus tijdens een beschieting. FOTO: BRENDA STOTER

AMMAN- In het ziekenhuis hangt een smerige lucht, een mengeling van antibacterieel spul en zweet. Ik kijk naar Ziad en zie dat hij zijn neus dichtknijpt. De vrouwelijke dokter die ons naar één van de ziekenhuiskamers begeleidt, laat de meest gruwelijke foto’s zien: foto’s van Syriërs met afgerukte ledematen, huilende kinderen en moeders met bloed van hun gewonde kinderen op het lichaam.

“Ik moet dit wel laten zien, want anders weten mensen niet hoe verschrikkelijk het is en waarom we het geld zo hard nodig hebben. Raar, maar zo werkt het nou Continue reading Schelden op Assad en huilen om verloren ledematen

Verbonden door het oorlogsleed

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Syrische vluchtelingen liefdevol opgevangen in Irak

Geschreven voor het Algemeen Dagblad 25-05-2013

DUHOK- Miljoenen Syrische vluchtelingen leven in mensonterende omstandigheden in een van de buurlanden. In het Iraakse Domiz is alles anders. Geen krotjes, huilende kinderen of wanhopige ouders, maar lachende gezichten, keurige tentjes en veel winkels. De Koerdische Irakezen waren ooit zelf het slachtoffer van een oorlog en staan daarom nu voor hun Syrische buren klaar. ,,Wij zijn één volk.”

De tenten ogen schoon. Buiten spelen kinderen lachend een spelletje in keurige straten, die ruiken naar versgebakken brood. Continue reading Verbonden door het oorlogsleed

Kurds flee for Iraq as Syria war slogs on

Written for Al Jazeera 

Duhok, Iraq – As Syria’s brutal civil war slogs on, some of the country’s ethnic Kurds have been fleeing the chaos and destruction and taking refuge across the border in Iraq. About 50,000 people live in the Domiz camp, located near the city of Duhok about 60 kilometres from the Syria-Iraq border. The camp’s residents are mainly Kurdish Syrians who do not want to participate in the war between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s troops and the rebel Free Syrian Army.

Continue reading Kurds flee for Iraq as Syria war slogs on