Syrian Stories

The Unsung Heroes of Syria: Voices of Resilience

There are many unsung heroes in Syria. We are lucky enough to work with some of them. Earlier this week, one of our colleagues near Damascus had his house hit by a mortar. The day after, he continued his work with us, as usual, helping...

Empowering women to be Syrian journalists

Zaina Erhaim has studied journalism in the UK and worked as a journalist in England for two years before returning home to Syria in 2011. Upon finding that most journalists and citizen journalists were men, she decided to educate women in this sphere. After performing...

Syrians being traced online, even when outside of Syria

Fares Hammadi and Ibrahim Abdel Qader from Raqqa is being slaughtered silently have been killed by the hands of ISIS in Turkey on October 30, 2015. This is not the first time ISIS has silenced  and killed activists in Turkey.  A suicide bomber was captured close...

How are Syrian refugees using smartphones today?

Refugees leaving a war-torn Syria are using smartphones not only as a lifeline, but also as their primary tool to gather vital information about their new surroundings and how to integrate into them. Skeptics believe most refugees fleeing are mostly shabby and poor, but Syria's relatively large...

Nonviolent group uses social media to subvert ISIS narrative

The Mulham Voluntary Group developed a video, just in time for Eid celebrations, that aims to subvert a common ISIS video narrative. The Mulham Group strives to spread messages that promote nonviolence and peace-building, in order to curb violent and extremist messages that are proliferating...

Leaving Syria and the need for a smartphone

Thousands of Syrians are currently migrating into Europe. In this modern migration, smartphone maps, global positioning apps, social media and WhatsApp have become essential tools in their endeavour. Ny Times article briefly discusses the dynamic technological struggle of what it means to be a refugee in...

Two years under siege as a result of a compromised Facebook account

Mariam[1], a Syrian activist and contributing writer for SalamaTech, tells her story of her journey to defend a peaceful revolution and leverage technology to spark change in her country, amidst the backdrop of the Syrian regime’s online surveillance and violent crackdown. Since the first calls...