Making Contact

Making Contact – Inside the Syrian Uprising

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As the Arab spring enters its second year, the popular uprising against the Syrian government continues.  Scores are being killed by government forces, but international condemnation has not been enough to stop the violence.  Foreign correspondent Reese Erlich is one of the few foreign reporters who got into Syria to interview opposition demonstrators, Kurdish refugees, government officials and impassioned supporters of President Bashar al Assad. On this edition, An Inside look at the Syrian Uprising, produced by Reese Erlich.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting provided a grant to Reese Erlich for his reporting from Syria.  Special thanks to Azad Diwani and Nabaz Shwani for translation and arranging interviews. 



Leen, Ahmad, Taim, Mahmood, Syrian activists; Bouthaina Shaban, Syrian Presidential advisor; J. Toumajian, translator; Feras Dieb, Alawite businessman; Mohammad al Habash, Syrian Parliament member; Rana Issa, marketing and advertising business owner; Barkhodan Balo, Kurdish refugee; clothing store owner in Damascus souk


For More Information:

 Syrian American Council


Local Coordination Committees of Syria


Al-Jazeera spotlight on Syria


Free Syria




Syrian Arab News Agency


The Arab League


Syria Comment


Human Rights Watch
Syria: End Persecution of Kurds  


Pulitzer Center



Flash Mob For Syrian Freedom