Raqqa, the so-called (War of Liberation)


Seven years since the beginning of the revolution, in four of them Raqqa was under shelling. All the pain in these years is not compared to an hour of the last week, what is happening cannot be described, the situation in the city is very bad.

The messages coming from Raqqa are mixed with fear, sounds of shelling and grief. No water, no electricity, no communications and no safe place at all where the International Coalition warplanes are targeting everything without taking into consideration the tens of thousands of innocent civilians.

I do not know where are my father, my mother, my brothers and my sisters, I have not talked to my children for three months. Some of us are just waiting to be killed by a sniper’s bullet or by an airstrike, some of us are laying under the sun in the middle of nowhere and some of us are suffering in the concentration camps.
It has been a week now since the beginning of (Burning Raqqa) military campaign, there is no escape from the bombing and there is no mercy with ISIS knives. If you get the chance to flee the city without being killed by the mines, the new occupiers will either let you work with them or send you back to your city.

Seven days and SDF troops could not control more than small parts of the city despite the limited resistance made by ISIS fighters and despite the heavy shelling. Till today, we have not seen any real photos or videos for the fighting.

The internet has been cut off by ISIS in an attempt to let the only source of information is SDF and ISIS media agencies who are talking about the fatal battles taking place and the large number of detained and killed militants from both sides, but the truth is that all the killed ones are civilians.

media activist from the city of Raqqa, student at the Faculty of Law at the University of the Euphrates. Director of the Media Office of Raqqa, founding member of "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently", founding member of the documentary project of "Sound and Picture". I work in documenting violations committed by Assad's regime and ISIS group and extremist organizations inside the city of Raqqa, as I work in programming, design and visual media. I hold a certificate of coach in digital security, and a certificate of journalist coach, and a certificate in documenting violations against human rights, and a certificate in electronic advocacy. I underwent a training under the supervision of "Cyber-Arabs" in collaboration with the Institute for War and Peace "IWPR", about the management of electronic websites and leadership of advocacy campaigns, and a training of press photography under the supervision of the photojournalist "Peter Hove Olesen".