Idlib Lives: The untold story of heroes

Date:

Idlib is a region of Syria where there are more than 2.6 million civilians packed into what is being described as a ‘kill-box’, with the Syrian regime and Russia launching daily aerial attacks. Nearly half of these civilians have already been forced to flee their homes elsewhere in Syria.

Facing attacks from all sides, civil society in Idlib continues to operate with remarkable effectiveness and determination. In areas best known internationally for massacres, there are untold stories of hundreds of groups providing the services civilians need to survive. But to look at only the services provided is to miss the point: Idlib’s civil society represents the best chance for free and democratic institutions and its heroes prove that another Syria is possible.

To that end, Peace Direct, together with The Syria Campaign, today have launched Idlib Lives: The untold story of heroes, a report exploring the crucial role civil society is playing in Idlib, Syria.

The report draws heavily on interviews held with Syrian humanitarian providers and civil society organisations currently based in Idlib who are engaged in significant and innovative programmes in the most challenging of circumstances. The report highlights their unique stories and sets out key recommendations for those in the international community who have capacity to support civil society in Idlib.

You can explore the interactive report in full in the link below:

Full report

Explore here

Related content

Music Heals Tour

Peace Direct will be accompanying musical acts the Henhouse Prowlers and The Waydown Wanderers on the MUSIC HEALS tour in Nashville TN, Columbus OH, and Newport KY April 17th-20th with a GOAL of raising $15,000 Read more »

Non-violence wins the day in Sudan: Local voices on the ousting of President al-Bashir

Today, President al-Bashir of Sudan has stepped down, following months of protests. We spoke to our local peacebuilding partner, Rasha Ahmed of Collaborative for Peace Sudan (CfPS), about what the overthrow of Bashir might mean for prospects of peace in the country. Read more »

Levelling the playing field: Para-football clubs in Nigeria promote peace and development for all

Today is International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, where the world celebrates the power of sport to drive social change and community development, and to foster peace and understanding. We highlight the work of our local partner organisation, the Peace Initiative Network,'s para-football teams. Read more »