SYRIA

Life repressed: three Syrian activists describe their lives in hiding

 For the past eight months, the few images of the clampdown on anti-regime protests in Syria have been filmed by activists who risked their lives in sending them to us. Thanks to our Observers in Syria, we have been able to report on the situation on the ground despite a ban on foreign media in the country. We asked three of our Observers to describe their daily lives, much of which is spent in hiding.

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For the past eight months, the few images of the clampdown on anti-regime protests in Syria have been filmed by activists who risked their lives in sending them to us. Thanks to our Observers in Syria, we have been able to report on the situation on the ground despite a ban on foreign media in the country. We asked three of our Observers to describe their daily lives, much of which is spent in hiding.

 

According to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, 3,500 people have been killed since the beginning of the unrest in Syria. Several thousand more have been arrested.

 

Our first Observer, Ayman Al-Aswad, lives in Deraa, where the protests first began. The second, Sofiane Abu Walid, is a member of the revolutionary committee of the city of Al-Houla, a few kilometres from the city of Homs, a hotbed of anti-government activity. The third, Rami H., lives in Homs, where he continues to protest against the government – despite having been arrested twice.