Omar holds a degree in Political Science and is originally from the Damascus governorate. He worked as a field reporter in East Ghouta with several radio and TV stations, and he has continued to work in media after his displacement. He also does voiceover work and has recorded dozens of radio programs and podcasts.
This month, amid domestic political concerns and rising xenophobia, Turkey canceled its longstanding practice of allowing refugees to make temporary visits to Syria for Eid—a worrying sign of things to come.
Last month, thousands of Syrians in Turkey received messages that their temporary protection cards were “canceled” pending verification of their addresses. The situation has many unsure of their futures in Turkey.
In January, Turkish authorities deported 150 refugees to Syria in the largest mass expulsion since 2019, although most held official documents such as work permits or temporary protection (Kimlik) cards.