The nerve gas attack in Syria marked a watershed in the conflict, as its most terrifying atrocity to date. News of the attack reached us via the work of Syrian citizen journalists, who work for local civilian committees, our partner organisations. These journalists collect news from across Syria and transmit it internationally. To keep up this work, which ensures that local Syrian voices reach us, they need support.
Two weeks ago we received terrible news from Syria: corpses with foamy lips, children suffocated in their sleep and whole rooms filled with persons suffering internal cramps. The suspicion has now been confirmed. Damascus’ suburbs were subjected of a horrific crime, opening another chapter of cruelty in this conflict, which has already seen so many atrocities.
Information and images of the attack reached international news outlets only due to the tireless work of Syrian media activities, working with local committees in Damascus. Members of our partner organisation, the local committee of Erbin, were among the first that rushed to the locations affected by the nerve gas missiles. They collected the dead, helped the injured and documented the evidence. The videos and pictures they took with their cameras and mobiles have been shown on TV and printed in newspapers across the world.
Adopt a Revolution has been in close cooperation with the Erbin activists since nine months ago, helping to obtain a satellite-internet receiver, video equipment and laptops. Since 2011 we have been able to provide such financial support to 44 civilian committees, helping to create bases, from which Syrians can communicate among each other, and with international news outlets.
To understand events in Syria, it is crucial to remain closely engaged with local activists and receive their news from the ground. Reporting and analysis is often dominated by (self-appointed) experts, while local voices remain unheard. Local committees across Syria are working hard everyday to document and report events as they unfold and are an invaluable source of news. To continue their work, they need continued support. Donate now!
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