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24 04, 2023

A Syrian story: One grandfather’s quest for a quiet life

By Alicia Medina|2023-04-24T18:10:29+02:00April 24, 2023|

Mahmoud Ahmad al-Hallaq, a grandfather, carpenter and refugee from East Ghouta living in Lebanon, recalls his time in the Syrian army cooking for Cuban soldiers during the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, and the many twists and turns of his ill-fated quest for a quiet life.

11 04, 2023

What does the Chinese-brokered Saudi-Iran deal mean for Syria?

By Alicia Medina|2023-04-11T17:46:28+02:00April 11, 2023|

Besides bolstering normalization with Assad normalization, how might the Saudi-Iran deal affect Syria? Can Riyadh counter Iranian influence on Syria or push Assad to clamp down on the captagon trade? Will China claim a larger political role in Syria or fund reconstruction?

17 03, 2023

Twelve years of an aid quagmire in Syria

By Alicia Medina|2023-09-06T18:34:51+02:00March 17, 2023|

The international community’s failure to adequately help victims of the February 6 earthquake in northwestern Syria encapsulated the main ills of the aid sector in Syria over 12 years of uprising and conflict.

8 03, 2023

Distance (Episode 5): Under one roof

By Alicia Medina|2023-03-09T11:28:36+01:00March 8, 2023|

In 2015, Haitham al-Kurdi made the dangerous journey from Syria to Denmark alone, planning to bring his wife and children later. Over the following eight years, his hopes were repeatedly dashed as Danish asylum policies tightened.

6 02, 2023

Distance (Episode 4): Dad is on the phone

By Alicia Medina|2023-03-08T17:17:24+01:00February 6, 2023|

Khaled and his three-year-old daughter Jawahir have only ever met on the phone. She was not yet born when he fled Syria in 2018, aiming to apply for family reunification with his wife and their daughter. But they missed a bureaucratic deadline, and for three years the family has been in limbo.

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