Weekly Media Digest (29 September 2019)

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SyriaUntold brings you a new edition of our digest. We want to share with you the features, investigative pieces and long-form essays that we read and thought would interest you.

29 September 2019

Hamza Bakkour by Khalil Younis

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A Deaf Child, An Unfulfilled Wife, A Mad Father, A Gay Lover: The Life of a Syrian Refugee in Istanbul (Raseef22)

Written by: Lama Chammas

“Every evening, I wipe the make-up off my face and change out of my tight clothes, rearrange my features to become Hussein (the fake me) and clear away all traces of Rosa (the real me) and go to bed with my unfulfilled wife.”

Syria’s Children Chased By Physical Violence: Who Saves Them? (Enab Baladi)

Written by: Habba Shehadeh, Reham al Assaad, Mays Hamad

“The impact of the war, according to Nofal, is manifested by increased psychological and economic pressures on parents, as being subjected to compelling circumstances forces them, in turn, to inflict different types of violence against their children, including physical abuse, denial of education, child labor, and underage marriage, as well as the lack of familial care as a result of death, migration, displacement, or detention.”

The Syrian who revealed Assad’s atrocities asks why the world is silent (The Washington Post)

Written by: Josh Rogin

“Living in hiding in an undisclosed country, Caesar sacrificed everything to smuggle his evidence out of Syria. He put at risk his entire family and the families of the many who have helped him along the way. At first, there was shock and outrage. The State Department’s ambassador for war crimes said Caesar’s evidence proved the Assad regime had constructed the worst “machinery of cruel death” since the Nazis.”

Erdogan’s Impatience Over Syria Zone Risks Standoff With U.S. (Bloomberg)

Written by: Selcan Hacaoglu and Firat Kozok

“Erdogan’s impatience to expand a previously agreed security zone in Syria grew after he failed to nail down a meeting with President Donald Trump in New York this week. The security zone is designed to be off-limits to U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters whom Turkey regards as a threat to its territorial integrity.”

Mounting Syrian War Crime Cases Raise Hopes For Justice Against A Brutal Regime (NPR)

Written by: Deborah Amos

“As the Assad government solidifies its hold after more than eight years of civil war, a network of survivors and lawyers who fled Syria, many bearing stories of torture, is now gaining some ground in pursuing justice against regime officials accused of war crimes. Much of the fight is playing out in European courts, where large refugee communities and prosecutors can use laws that allow trials even for suspected crimes committed abroad.”

Life after Syria: the migrants' tale – a photo essay (The Guardian

by Ekaterina Anchevskaya. Written by Sarah Dadouch/Reuters

"A year later, the family still wants to move to Europe but have written off the boat route. They don’t want to suffer the sting of humiliation again, the insults in holding cells, the waste of their limited funds. Ahmed said he would never go back to Syria because the situation has worsened, and because he would have to serve military service and fight for president Bashar al-Assad."

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