Angela Soliman is a Syrian broadcast journalist who fled her war-torn country and is currently working for Orient TV, a private Syrian channel operating from Cairo. She told Samar Media of the ordeal her family went through after she fled Syria and the advantages of working for Orient TV.
Small farmers in Ghouta, the agricultural area of the countryside adjoining the Syrian capital Damascus, have proven that necessity is the mother of invention. Local farmers’ ingenuity was stimulated by fuel shortage—expensive low-grade fuel oil [mazut] is in short supply and logs are becoming increasingly costly. One farmer is producing fuel from plastic, which he recycles himself, and has managed to meet 90 percent of his needs and to sell the surplus to other farmers. Another local is producing biofuel from hay and is self-sufficient for his gas needs.
Batar Tomson is a young Syrian who, like thousands of his compatriots, escaped the war in his country and pinned hopes on a perilous, arduous journey to Europe. Using his mobile phone, he documented some of the hardships that he and a group of fellow Syrians encountered until they reached their final destination in Germany. Tomson’s 11-minute film, “Passengers to Death” had over 43,000 views on Facebook.