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    Men search for survivors at a site hit by what activists said was heavy shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh - RTX1GSXQ
    Men search for survivors after heavy shelling in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

    “Crisis Action’s efforts to build personal connections with the independent Russian media have created invaluable partnerships based on mutual trust and respect. Their work has enabled us to humanise Russia’s involvement in Syria, allowing the Russian public to see ordinary Syrians not as abstract entities, but as living, breathing people working hard for peace and justice.”Olga Bobrova, Journalist, Novaya Gazeta 

    Between 2011 and 2021, Crisis Action led a global coordinated response to the war in Syria. The war—which has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands and forced over 13 million people to flee their homes in terror—has spurred Crisis Action to support collaborative work to push for stronger action by parties to the conflict, the UN, the Arab League and the EU to further civilian protection.

    Crisis Action’s Syria strategy had two main objectives. Firstly, to prevent major escalation and ensure humanitarian needs are met in the Northwest by keeping media and political attention on the plight of civilians in Idlib. Secondly, to raise pressure for progress on the release of detainees and truth for families, with an immediate focus on the need to improve access to places of detention, access to information on the missing, and the release of all of those who are being arbitrarily detained.

    Crisis Action has worked with partners to devise and deliver joint advocacy including the following: