Sarmad Al Jilane

Sarmad is a founding member of the activist-run Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently media outlet. He left RBSS in early 2017 and joined Sound and Picture – another activist-run media outlet that covers the areas of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.


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Unlearning ISIS: The Battle to Reclaim Hearts and Minds

Unlearning ISIS: The Battle to Reclaim Hearts and Minds

With Islamic State (ISIS) on the retreat in parts of northern and eastern Syria, activists and civil society organizations are refocusing their efforts on counter-extremism and establishing deradicalization programs, hoping to erase the militants’ entrenched ideology. More»

Diary: ‘How I Feel the Pain of Beautiful Raqqa'

Diary: ‘How I Feel the Pain of Beautiful Raqqa’

Raqqa, for me, was a window into freedom. The Syrian government arrested me in 2011 for photographing protests and posting them on social media. I was detained for nine months and released in mid-2012, but I did not return to my hometown of Deir Ezzor. More»