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War as a Working Place

Syrian reporters risk death to bring news from the frontlines

TV reporter Rabie Deebh has been covering the Syrian Army’s military operations since 2011. He has been wounded several times and was partially paralysed for three months. After his recovery he went straight back to the place where he almost lost his life and resumed his work as a war reporter. He says his job is like an addiction, but his main purpose is to convey the truth of what is happening on the frontlines.

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Yara Saleh and her TV crew were abducted and held for ransom. One of Yara’s colleagues was executed. Kept in a basement, beaten and threatened, the remaining three crew members barely escaped with their lives when their captors were confronted by the Syrian Army. Despite this horrific experience, Yara continues working as a TV reporter.

Laymona is a single mother of two and a passionate war reporter. She is always ready to rush to the site of a suicide bomb attack and is not afraid of interviewing armed militants. She is acutely aware of the perilous nature of her work, but says her job is her way of helping the country she loves.

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Every day Syrian war reporters witness the deaths of soldiers, civilians and their own colleagues. Yet, every day they go to work to cover suicide bombings, conflict and military operations. They rely on luck or God to keep them safe, but what really keeps them going is the belief that they are assisting their beloved Motherland at a very difficult time.

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