Idlib is currently under an uneasy ceasefire, which takes the form of a demilitarised zone separating pro and anti-regime forces. The zone was agreed to by Russia and Turkey but it only has the begrudging assent of Assad who calls it a "temporary" measure. Assad still hopes to retake Idlib, something that would put the lives of its almost 3 million civilians at risk. Read more
Idlib Lives is a project from the human rights organisations The Syria Campaign and Peace Direct in partnership with Idlib’s brave and life-saving civil society groups. Through written updates from the Syria Campaign and photos and videos from people on the ground, Idlib Lives spotlights some of the province’s leading activists and tells stories of daily life in northwest Syria.
Badriya Sultan is a radiography technician who risked her own life to treat the victims of the Syrian conflict. She later set up her town’s first mammography machine, offering life-saving diagnoses to breast cancer patients. This is her story. Read more
Every Friday, for the past few months, people in northwest Syria have gathered in large numbers to demand peace in the region and the fall of the Assad regime. Though this part of Syria is relatively conservative, women have held their own protests beside the men’s in defiance of social conventions. Read more
Idlib is one of the last areas of Syria outside of regime control. Home to around 3 million civilians it is of vital importance both to the Syrian opposition and the Assad regime, which is desperate to retake it. But the people of Idlib are determined to try and remain free of the regime. Read more