Mahmoud is a Syrian journalist and resident of Idlib governorate. He holds a law degree from the University of Aleppo. He participated in a number of trainings with Syria Direct and has worked for various Syrian and Arab news outlets.
For residents of northwestern Syria, juggling multiple identification documents for different authorities administering the country’s last opposition-held territories is a headache, and a fact of life.
In Idlib, a province often mentioned in the same breath as humanitarian crises and bombings, an urban and commercial revival is underway in some cities and towns as local businesspeople invest in large trade and residential complexes.
On July 12, the UN Security Council extended the Syrian cross-border aid mechanism for six months. But with the future still uncertain, alternatives to in-kind aid are being used in some northwestern Syrian camps—with mixed results.
In northwestern Syria, financial hardship, despair and a shortage of psychological specialists contributes to mental health crises. And in cases of suicide, family members of the victims often grapple with social stigma.
Since 2020, the Damascus government has held public auctions for land owned by displaced people. In Hama, a recent move to prioritize relatives in investment auctions threatens to foment family conflicts and further tear Syria’s social fabric.